Ferrari Can’t Do ‘as They Wish’: Brundle on Why Mick Schumacher Missed Alfa Romeo F1 Seat

Published 03/08/2021, 8:50 AM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Mick Schumacher of Germany and Alfa Romeo Racing talk in the Pitlane during a weather delayed FP2 during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher will make his debut with the Haas F1 team in 2021. However, things could have been different for the F2 champion, as he was rumored to join Alfa Romeo, but it didn’t end up happening.

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However, there is a genuine reason for Mick not joining Alfa Romeo. It is because the team principal wanted to stick with their current driver lineup for the new season. As he kept his faith in Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for the new year.

Former F1 driver now pundit, Martin Brundle thinks he knows why Schumacher was never chosen to make his debut alongside Raikkonen. Instead, the 21-year-old will be teammates with Nikita Mazepin at Haas.

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MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Mick Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari in the Paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Mick Schumacher was the obvious candidate says, Brundle

On the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel, Brundle said, “My understanding is that I don’t think Ferrari can just willy-nilly place those drivers. As they wish at Haas and Sauber Alfa Romeo.”

 He added, “My understanding is the boss of Alfa wanted to keep his two drivers so because you’re right. The obvious place to put Mick Schumacher was alongside Kimi Raikkonen and then they probably weren’t able to do that I would guess.”

Stepping onto the grid just like his father

Mick Schumacher brings the iconic name back to the F1 and hopes he can replicate what his dad did years ago. Schumacher has immense talent, he is proven that by winning the F2 world championship and hopes to bring that mentality to F1 as well.

The rookie will begin his F1 journey with the American team in 2021. The German driver will pair alongside his rival from F2, Nikita Mazepin, for the upcoming year. The two rookie drivers will hope to take the team ahead in their debut season.

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The first time the world of F1 will see Schumacher back on track is at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He might not be racing for Alfa Romeo but is fully determined to score some points with the Haas team. Where do you think the German should have gone for his debut season?

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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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