AlphaTauri F1 boss suggests timetable for Mick Schumacher’s Ferrari transfer
Mick Schumacher is far from ready for a move to Formula 1 headquarters at Ferrari.
AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost, who has been close to Mick’s father, Michael Schumacher, suggests Schumacher, 23, is not ready for Ferrari but may be time to leave Haas . That move could be to Tost’s own team.
“He has to drive somewhere else for another three years,” Tost told European outlet Sport1. “Formula 1 is extremely complicated today. A driver needs at least three years of learning to drive at the highest level. A George Russell or a Charles Leclerc also needed that time.”
However, Schumacher’s first task is to catch and then beat his new, experienced Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen. Magnussen is currently ninth in the F1 drivers’ standings, while Schumacher is scoreless in the first three races this season. In fact, Schumacher is scoreless in 24 career Formula 1 starts.
“He has to beat Kevin Magnussen consistently at Haas first and try to be successful with them,” Tost said. “It’s his job now and nothing else.”
Magnussen, meanwhile, says he’s been impressed with Schumacher’s eagerness to capitalize on his experience so far in 2022.
“It doesn’t happen that often between drivers because you might be too proud to ask questions or you might see it as a weakness,” Magnussen said. “But he doesn’t care at all, he just wants to learn. If I can help him, it helps the team and it’s even better for me. I’m much more relaxed there this time.”
Magnussen also insists he is not totally dominating Schumacher in the small American team, despite what the rankings show.
“It’s not as big a difference as you might think,” said the 29-year-old Dane. “Mick is very good, even though he only has a year’s experience. So it’s not like everyone listens to me and nobody listens to Mick, because it’s very balanced.”
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