Are Schumacher’s days in Formula 1 numbered?

Reports suggest Mick Schumacher may have just six races to save his Formula 1 career, however, his future is yet to be decided by Ferrari according to Mattia Binotto despite a number of drivers being linked with the Haas headquarters.

The son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher has been promoted to Haas from the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) where his contract is due to expire at the end of the year; more and more indications indicate that it will not be renewed.

Haas, which has an engine partnership with Maranellowouldn’t be obligated to keep Schumacher if the 23-year-old German was dumped by the FDA.

While the media has all but written off Schumacher’s chances of staying on the grid, Binotto has yet to unplug: “With Mick, as we said at the start of the season, it’s important that Mick improves this season. .

“We are going in a few races to sit down with him, take stock of the season, and we will also do this with Haas and decide on his best future.”

Schumacher has not yet been sacked by Ferrari or his American team

AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22 leads Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22 during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday September 11, 2022 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Andy Hone/LAT Images)

The German has so far spent two seasons with Haas but only scored his first points at this year’s British Grand Prix in July with an eighth-place finish. He followed that up with a sixth-place finish in Austria, but hasn’t finished higher than 13th since.

Schumacher is currently 15th in the F1 standings, with 12 points from 15 races. He was the slowest in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, although he did not start from the back of the grid for Sunday’s race after a number of drivers were penalised.

Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi replaced Schumacher in the car for Friday’s first test at Monza and has been linked as his full-time replacement at Haas next year, while others in the drive include F1 veteran Nico Hulkenberg emerging as a favourite. .

Also under consideration by Binotto’s team is highly rated Robert Schwartzman, another Academy graduate: “The FDA, for us, is a very important pillar of our team. We invest a lot in it and we will continue to invest a lot in the Driver Academy.

The Ferrari Driver Academy has worked with great drivers over the years

Ferrari Drivers Academy

“The reason is that we think it’s important to develop the best talent and to look ahead, to try to find the best talent for the red car. So that’s not a problem, we’re going to certainly put an end to it. On the contrary, I think that we will continuously invest and improve the way we manage it,” Binotto said.

Besides Giovinazzi and Schumacher, the FDA has had illustrious alumni who have moved on to F1, including the late Jules Bianchi, Sergio Perez, Guanyu Zhou and Charles Leclerc.

Binotto then spoke of Robert Schwartzman as potentially the next FDA graduate to move to F1: “Robert will have two free trials by the end of the season. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think it’s Austin and Abu Dhabi, but let me check and confirm.

The Ferrari boss continued: “Every time he has driven F1 he has been very quick with F1 itself. There are drivers who are maybe excellent in F3, F2 and who are not good enough in F1. »

Binotto: Robert Schwartzman is a fantastic driver. He is very fast, especially in F1

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“I think Robert is one of the opposites,” Binotto ventured. “He’s certainly been great in F3, F2 but he’s very, very strong in F1. And so it’s a shame for him not to have a seat at the moment. This season he’s done a lot of simulator work. worked hard to help our team develop the current car.

“As a driver he has improved, he has developed his own skills and today he is much more mature, even a year ago. So he is a driver who deserves a place. We know that it’s very difficult at the moment in this situation, but I hope it can happen in the future,” added Binotto.

So Schumacher not only faces pressure from F1 drivers vying for the final seats, but also new FDA recruits, such as Schwartzman, who deserve a place in the elite.

Should Ferrari and Haas support evaporate, Schumacher would have few choices other than Alpine or Williams who have their own options and, with the emergence of the sensational Nyck de Vries at Monza last weekend, the pressure mounted for Mick.

Steiner: We want a driver to take the Haas F1 team forward

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In Zandvoort, Haas team boss Guenther Steiner summed up the situation: “We are in no rush. We monitor the situation with Mick and see what happens. Why do we have to decide now anyway? If we decide now and make the wrong decision and regret it, why would we force ourselves to decide? »

Which doesn’t indicate that Schumacher hasn’t yet been kicked out of Haas, or that he will remain beyond 2022, with Steiner stating, somewhat cryptically, “I have my own thoughts, but I still have to making sure who is best for the team is not who I want as a person.

“It’s who is best for the team going forward, what do we want to do, a riskier version, a safer version, whatever, that will be the deciding factor and not who is the favorite or who I am. love the most. What we are looking for is [a driver] to move the team forward,” Steiner explained.

Has Schumie the Third done enough to stay with Haas? Stay in F1? Will we see him again in the elite? Over to you Mr. Binotto. (Additional Reuters reports)

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