Haas F1 Boss Reveals the Plan if Mick Schumacher is Given the Call to Race For Ferrari

Published 01/22/2022, 9:18 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Mick Schumacher is part of the prestigious Ferrari driver academy. The German driver spent his rookie year in the sport with Haas. But for the 2022 season, Schumacher Jr has been given the responsibility of being the reserve driver for the Italian team.

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Hence, if the Maranello-based squad needs the 22-year-old, Haas will bring in Pietro Fittipaldi. The Brazilian is already the reserve driver for the American-owned team, and team principal, Guenther Steiner has spoken about his role at Haas.

Fittipaldi will fill in for Mick Schumacher if a situation arises

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The German driver is the son of Formula One legend, Michael Schumacher. Hence, it isn’t a surprise that the entire F1 community wants to see the Schumacher name back in Ferrari. Now in 2022, that dream seems like a reality as Mick has agreed to share the role of the reserve driver with Antonio Giovinazzi.

Seeing that Haas will need a driver if Schumacher is behind the wheel at Ferrari, Steiner has spoken about Fittipaldi. As quoted from Motorsport.com, the team boss said, “I’m happy for Mick. We talked about this openly with Mattia and tried to find a good way for everyone.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 02: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Scuderia Ferrari SF90 walks out of the garage during F1 testing in Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“Ultimately, it’s part of being a partner and part of what we agree to do. Pietro will be very happy about that. But if you have a fast car, you need an experienced driver and Pietro is very experienced.  He’s also done a good job for us before.

“Still, if you look at the reserve driver statistics, the probability of the reserve driver driving the car is very, very slim. But if the need arises, it won’t be a problem for us,” he concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

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What are the German’s expectations for his second season in F1?

After winning the F2 title in 2020, Schumacher advanced to the F1 grid.  Mick put pen to paper with the American-owned team for the 2021 season. Even though Schumacher Jr is widely considered to be a talented driver, he failed to make an impact in his rookie season due to the fact he had a lackluster car.

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However, there is still hope for Mick’s second Formula One season, as he recently stated that Haas’ 2022 challenger is looking promising and that he has high expectations from the team for the forthcoming season.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Mick said, “The car looks to be very positive, from what I see and hear. So I have great expectations. Hopefully they’ll meet my expectations next year on track.”

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What are your expectations from the 22-year-old as he prepares for his second season on the grid? Let us know what you think in the comments section down below.

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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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