The F1 driver market has one seat left – so why can’t anybody declare it? | F1

There’s nonetheless one seat on the F1 grid remaining for subsequent yr, with Haas nonetheless but to resolve who will companion Kevin Magnussen.

Mick Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg and Antonio Giovinazzi have been linked with the seat over the previous few months, with the German duo main the best way in securing the seat.

It’s possible that Daniel Ricciardo was Haas’ most well-liked possibility, nonetheless, the Australian desires a break from F1, finally rejecting their supply.

Forward of the race on the Circuit of the Americas, staff proprietor Gene Haas set Schumacher the goal of a factors end if he desires to stay in F1 with the staff.

The German regarded heading in the right direction to attain Haas’ first factors for the reason that Austrian Grand Prix in July, working over three seconds forward of teammate Magnussen in Austin.

Schumacher was known as in for recent rubber on Lap 34 whereas Magnussen remained out on monitor.

This was a decisive second within the race as Magnussen’s one-stop technique rewarded him with a high 10 end.

On the opposite facet of the storage, Schumacher’s technique didn’t work out – not for the primary time this season – however his race was fully ruined when he sustained harm from the wreckage attributable to Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso.

“I feel we had been on for good factors immediately for certain, however it looks like we picked up a giant piece which broken the automotive quite a bit after which we couldn’t extract the utmost out of it anymore due to that harm,” Schumacher stated. 

“We obtained it within the second stint and the automotive didn’t really feel the identical anymore, and I couldn’t maintain the tempo of earlier than which was very promising. It’s a disgrace because it seems like unhealthy luck follows us.”

Akin to his days in F2, Schumacher’s struggles stay in qualifying, nonetheless, on race day, he’s usually been the faster of the 2 Haas drivers.

Issues aren’t falling away, notably with technique, though Gene Haas has disagreed.

“When Mick and Magnussen got here in, they each obtained the identical tyres,” Haas instructed RTL. “When Mick got here out once more, he was in a bunch of automobiles and stayed with them. Magnussen fell backwards to avoid wasting his tyres, whereas Mick used them up. 

“Mick then inevitably needed to are available in ten laps later and alter tyres, which set him again. Magnussen stored his tyres and was capable of full 37 laps on mediums that nobody else managed within the race. That is how he managed to get a number of factors.”

Who will safe the Haas seat for 2023?

Given Gene Haas’ fixed downplaying of Schumacher within the media, it will be secure to imagine Hulkenberg is likely to be his most well-liked selection.

Whereas Schumacher has improved significantly in the course of the course of the season, the excessive quantity of shunts has put a pressure on Haas’ funds, notably within the F1 value cap period.

One other issue, exterior of racing, which may put Haas off from holding Schumacher is the extra media strain having the son of Michael Schumacher brings.

Mick’s uncle – Ralf Schumacher – has been vocal within the media, criticising staff boss Guenther Steiner on a number of events, and issues did get heated earlier within the season throughout an interview with Sky Germany.

When it comes to on-track efficiency, Schumacher has in all probability performed sufficient to warrant a 3rd season with the staff.

On the opposite facet, Hulkenberg is a identified amount, perfect for a midfield staff when it comes to scoring factors and bringing the automotive residence in a single piece.

It’s a troublesome determination for the American outfit.

 

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