Mick Schumacher ‘Not Just Here for Two Years,’ Says Haas F1 Boss Steiner

Published 03/25/2021, 7:57 AM EDT
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – OCTOBER 13: Mick Schumacher #4 looks on after race 1 of the final race of the Formula 3 Championship at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher more than warranted his F1 promotion after winning the 2020 F2 championship. The young German will debut for Haas this weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix. As a Ferrari junior driver, it is expected that Mick will follow in his father’s footsteps and drive for Ferrari in the future.

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Haas F1, a Ferrari customer team, will be an important platform for the German to display his skills and learn as much as possible. The American team’s boss, Guenther Steiner, believes that Mick has a long and bright F1 career ahead of him.

“But the big result for Mick will be that he learns as much as he can and is ready when our car gets better, when his future starts.”

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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)

He’s not just here for two years, which is usually in Formula 2 or Formula 3. He’s here for a long career. The first year in Formula 1 is always difficult when you get there, to be there right away and to be competitive. The material plays a huge role here,” said Steiner.

Steiner on expectations from Mick Schumacher

The American team is going through a disastrous period at the moment. The Ferrari engine problems affected Haas significantly, and they went from being a competitive mid-field team to saving themselves from P10 on the championship standings by just three points.

Guenther Steiner was honest about Haas’ situation and clarified that they do not expect miracles from the young German.

Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing prepares for practice ahead of the Formula 2 Championship at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“Knowing what kind of material [we have] this year – I don’t want to downplay it now – but we made a decision that we’re not going to develop this year in order to fully focus on next year.

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“That’s why we can’t expect Mick to be P1 or P2 after the first qualifying session.” stated Steiner.

Many from the F1 community state that they see Michael Schumacher in Mick. The young German has proved his race craft skills through the F2 championship. However, it will be a challenge to maneuver his Haas car this season.

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Do you believe that Mick will help Haas get back to the midfield? Or will his much-anticipated debut turn out to be a flop?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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