With regards to next season’s driving lineup, Haas F1 have a wide array of options to choose from. The likes of Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, and even F2’s Nikita Mazepin have been linked with the American team. Now, the name of Mick Schumacher joins that list.
It already appears that the incumbents, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, are approaching the end of their time with Haas.
Team boss Guenther Steiner even said that Grosjean’s P9 finish in Eifel would not make them change their minds.
So, it looks as though there will be a new driver pairing at Haas next year. If rumors are to be believed, that driver pairing could be Schumacher and Mazepin.
According to Motorsport-Total, “The following theory can be read in the Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy: The Russian junior driver Nikita Mazepin should dock with Haas thanks to his multi-million dollar sponsor, possibly alongside Mick Schumacher.” (translated by Google)
Thus far, rumors have mostly linked Schumacher with a move to Alfa Romeo for the next year.
Those rumors gained further steam as Schumacher was ready for his maiden F1 outing at the Eifel Grand Prix with Alfa. However, poor weather conditions meant that his maiden F1 outing had to be delayed.
If these rumors turn into reality, we could have two F2 championship hopefuls racing together in F1.
Schumacher currently leads the F2 Drivers’ Championship standings with 191 points, whereas Mazepin sits in 6th place with 140 points.
With only 1 driver from F2 promoted this year, It’ll be interesting to see how the other highly rated young talents fare while racing alongside the big guns.
Steiner said, “Who wouldn’t want a Schumacher back in Formula 1. Especially in the form he is currently in Formula 2.
“But it’s not just about the name that is important but also the performances.”
It’s safe to say that the 21-year-old isn’t relying on his iconic surname to get himself a seat next year. The young German has silenced those critics with top-class performances that have made people sit up and take note.
More importantly, he has shown that he deserves to make the jump to F1 purely on the basis of merit. Securing the F2 championship would only confirm that. But would that grant him a seat in F1 for next year? We’ll find out soon.