Mick Schumacher Sheds Light on Possible F1 Switch from Haas to Alfa Romeo

Published 06/29/2021, 5:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea


Ahead of the 2021 F1 season, Mick Schumacher looked set to make his debut for Alfa Romeo alongside Kimi Raikkonen; the German even joined the Italian outfit for FP1 at Nurburgring in 2020.

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However, in reality, that wasn’t meant to be, as Mick ended up joining Haas instead. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a sound start to the F1 campaign for Mick with the American outfit, having secured zero points out of the first seven race weekends. What’s more, the chances of Haas putting an end to their struggles this season are substantially low.

Amidst the rather disappointing rookie outing, there could be light at the end of the tunnel for Schumacher Jr. Reports claimed that Alfa Romeo have been eying Mick as a potential replacement for Raikkonen, who could well announce his retirement soon.

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Is Mick Schumacher jumping boat onto Alfa Romeo in 2022?

As reported by Planet F1, Mick did not rule out a move to Alfa Romeo next season amidst persisting theories and claims. The German reckoned that his focus is entirely on the present, but also affirmed that there could be news in the near future.

I am living in the here and now,” he said. “I haven’t thought much about next year. We’ll see what happens in the end. I’m sure you’ll hear if something happens.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during qualifying REUTERS/Juan Medina

Haas have endured a horrid start to the season. And the fact that neither of their drivers possesses experience in F1 is affecting the team’s development plans. The American outfit are easily the slowest team on the grid at the moment.

But, Mick, on the other hand, has been squeezing every ounce of performance from the Ferrari-powered car to beat either of the Williams drivers at times.

Who could replace Mick at Haas?

At the moment, neither of the Alfa Romeo drivers have secured their futures with the team. While Kimi could retire from F1 due to his age, Antonio Giovinazzi‘s contract is coming to an end in 2021.

But, considering the latter’s form over this season, Alfa Romeo wouldn’t want to let go of the Italian driver, and will most likely offer to extend his stay.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Hence, regardless of who exits Alfa Romeo, there will be a vacant seat at Haas, alongside Mazepin. And, at the moment, Ferrari’s test driver, Callum Ilott, seems the prime candidate to seal the second seat at Haas.

Overall, only around one-third of the season has ended, and there is still a considerably long way to go for the driver’s market to wake up from hibernation. So, how is Mick’s potential switch to Alfa Romeo influence the dynamics of the grid for 2021?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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