The past week has been eventful for young rookie Mick Schumacher. The 21-year-old driver secured the feature victory at Sochi and extended his lead over Callum Ilott with four races to go.
Then, news broke out from Scuderia Ferrari themselves that he would be getting their Free Practice debuts next Friday. Mick would be driving the Alfa Romeo C39 in the practice.
Just yesterday he even took part in a training session at the Fiorano Circuit. Driving the 2018 Ferrari car, he looked in full control and drove many laps to acclimatize to the F1 conditions.
With building blocks being put in place for a great foundation, it seems only a matter of time now for Mick. According to a report by Luigi Perna, the young Ferrari driver would make a move regardless of his F2 Championship victory.
He stated, “Ferrari will have the right to place two of its drivers on the cars of the customer teams. By virtue of the agreements linked to the supply of the power units. It is possible that the Cavallino decides to assign Mick Schumacher to Haas, regardless of the eventual victory of the Academy pupil in the F.2 championship.
“The other scenario, less likely, could see Schumi jr in Alfa instead of Giovinazzi and Callum Ilott (another Ferrari driver) at Haas.” (translated from Google Translate)
If this news is true, the chances of seeing a Mick-Magnussen combination at Haas only increase. The US-based motor sport outfit has been on the search for new drivers for the 2021 season.
So, should Mick Schumacher be recruited, then long-time campaigner Romain Grosjean could make way. Team principal Guenther Steiner has apparently grown irritated with the Frenchman’s constant complaints of the car.
Another option which has earlier been discussed is seeing both Ilott and Schumacher in F1. But for that to happen, Alfa Romeo would have to release Antonio Giovinazzi.
This is because Kimi Raikkonen has reportedly decided on staying with Alfa Romeo for another year. And considering he is the star driver of the team, it is unlikely that Kimi’s seat would be under any threat at all.
That would then free up two seats in the competition. Meaning Alfa Romeo will hire ‘Schumi Jr’ and Haas would go for Ilott. Just the way the free practice car allocations have happened.