Mick Schumacher Eager to Step in for Romain Grosjean at Haas F1 for Abu Dhabi GP

Published 12/02/2020, 11:08 AM EST
FILE PHOTO: Racing driver Mick Schumacher attends an event to celebrate 90 years of Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari racing team at Milan’s Duomo square, in Milan, Italy. REUTERS/Flavio lo Scalzo/File Photo


Mick Schumacher is Haas F1’s official driver next season. The team made the announcement on Wednesday. He will be joining Nikita Mazepin, who has also been promoted from Formula 2. However, the German could get his Formula 1 race much before expected.

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The 2020 Bahrain GP witnessed a terrifying accident. Romain Grosjean lost control of his Haas and darted into the barriers at 140 mph. The car split into 2 halves as his safety pod burst into flames.

He was surrounded by flames for 30 seconds before he leaped out of them with only minor injuries. Grosjean has been discharged from the hospital.

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However, he has not recovered well enough to drive. Meanwhile, Mick Schumacher will have his final Formula 2 race this weekend.

SCARPERIA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: 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 on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He said, “I think it’s great if you are considered to be ready to do that. I feel like I am. Obviously, you have three FPs, in which you have time to learn.

Obviously, it would be a challenge, but definitely, I think I would be able get to know the car more to be even better prepared for next year.”

Guenther Steiner wants Romain to drive in Abu Dhabi

Mick Schumacher will be free of Formula 2 commitments by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He is scheduled for a Free Practice 1 session that weekend. Meanwhile, he has clarified that he is ready to stand in for Grosjean if the team needs him to.

However, nothing has been cemented as of now. Steiner clarified that there have been no talks about this. They have drivers on standby who could fill in for Romain next weekend if needed.

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However, Steiner expressed that he would like to see Romain finish the season doing what he loves before he leaves the team. He said, “I think he can finish his time with Haas in a race, that’s what I would like, and not just watching it. That is our aim, that is what we spoke with him about.”

According to the report, Grosjean said, “If I can do it, that is what I want to do.” Steiner replied, “I fully support that you want to go out on a high.

“We’re not deciding anything before we know that he can definitely not drive,” he further added. However, Schumacher and Mazepin will get their Free Practice 1 run that will gather important information on the drivers going into the next season.

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