Binotto Lays Down Ferrari F1 Challenge for Mick Schumacher

Published 08/27/2021, 7:10 AM EDT
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Mick Schumacher of Germany prepares to drive the Ferrari F2004 of his father Michael Schumacher before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher is part of the prestigious  Ferrari driver academy and is tipped to drive for them in the future. However, according to Team Principal, Mattia Binotto that could be as early as 2023.

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As of now the Italian team has Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the team but hasn’t crossed off the idea of having Schumacher behind the wheel in the near future.

Binotto sees Mick Schumacher driving for Ferrari in 2023

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Currently, in his rookie season at Haas, Schumacher Jr is still learning the ropes about Formula One. However, by 2023, Binotto thinks that Mick could be ready and drive for Ferrari.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with RTL.DE, being asked about having the Schumacher name back in a Ferrari by 2023. The boss of the Italian team simply replied, “Could be.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Leclerc has a contract with the team till 2024, while Sainz joined the team this year, and has his deal expires at the end of 2022. So if Mick does improve his form, there could be a chance that he finds himself at Ferrari for the 23′ season.

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What more did Binotto say about Schumacher Jr?

Being part of the driver academy has a lot of pressure, especially when the Team Principal is monitoring your progress, carrying the Schumacher name in F1 also brings a lot of expectations. Hence, the Maranello-based outfit hopes that Mick can live up to those expectations.

He said, “”I think that should be his challenge. I think that he has clear goals and that (driving for Ferrari, the editor) is part of it. Before we decide when he’s ready for Ferrari, he has to finish this year without pressure, we don’t have to put any pressure on him, that would be wrong. We are watching him closely.We expect a lot from him.”

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

So far this season, Mick’s best result came at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, where he placed twelfth. He hasn’t scored his first F1 points, yet, and finds himself in nineteenth place in the driver’s standings.

With the commencement of the second half of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix. Schumacher Jr would be hoping to step up his game at Haas, and aim to satisfy the expectations that are set by Ferrari.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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