Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will drive for Haas F1 next season. The young German warranted his Formula 1 promotion by winning the 2020 Formula 2 championship. By recruiting two rookie drivers, the American team is taking a gamble with their lineup as they hope to turn their fate around next season.
Haas F1’s boss, Guenther Steiner, has expressed that he wants the drivers to grow. Meanwhile, he hopes to help guide Schumacher down the same path as Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque had a breakout year when he was promoted to Ferrari.
“I would be pleased if we could get him to have a career like Leclerc’s. After all, Charles also did the first free practice session at GPs with us,” pointed out Steiner.
“In the first races with Sauber he [Charles] wasn’t the fastest, but he learned. In the first races, that’s enough. After the mid-season we will have drivers who will try to compete,” he further added.
Formula 1 has seen several young stars making the most of their opportunities. Currently, the grid has Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and George Russell displaying impressive talent. Steiner is positive that Mick Schumacher can handle the pressure of Formula 1.
“Schumi has grown up in a very competent team like Prema. Then I’m optimistic if I think about the work done by us with Fittipaldi. The secret is to make few mistakes and drive many kilometres. Going fast comes gradually.”
“Mick just has to learn and then in 2022 he can show what he can do. It will be up to us to provide him with the right car. After that he will have to take his own destiny into his own hands,” concluded Steiner.
Haas have finished the last two seasons in P9 position. The team is desperately looking for a positive turnaround, and they hope that Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will help them climb the championship table.