“Up to Ferrari, Not Us”- Steiner Opens Haas’ Doors to Mick Schumacher for 2021

October 19, 2020 12:41 pm

Mick Schumacher is rumored to be one of the F2 drivers to undergo their rookie year in Formula 1 next season. But the big question that casts its shadow over Schumi Jr’s dream outing in the pinnacle of the motorsport division is- which team will it be?

Haas’ team boss, Guenther Steiner, opened up that he would not be against taking the young German into his team. Speaking to Sport1, Steiner expressed his views on taking Mick as a part of their drivers’ line-up. “I would definitely not be against that.”

The Italian also mentioned that it is up to Ferrari to make a decision as far as Mick’s future in the sport was concerned. “The decision who Ferrari sends on is up to Ferrari, not us.

We can say we want one or the other, but I don’t know the contracts Ferrari has with the Juniors. Who wouldn’t want a Schumacher in Formula 1? Especially in the form he currently in Formula 2.”

As of now, Alfa Romeo look like the prime contenders to acquire Mick’s services. However, one would be mistaken to rule Haas out as a potential destination for the German.

(The quotes are translated from German using Google Translate)

Mick Schumacher likely to make his debut in F1 at Abu Dhabi

Mick missed out on the chance of making his debut in front of his home fans at Nurburgring. However, Ferrari’s Sporting Director, Laurent Mekies, tossed the youngster a lifeline and declared that Mick might get his debut crack behind the wheel of an F1 car at Abu Dhabi, later this year.

With new tracks, nobody has been there. We try to be fair and reasonable with our partners,” he said. “I don’t think it will be [fair] to run them on completely new tracks, where nobody has any data.

And because they are going to race in Bahrain, we don’t want to disturb them as they are fighting for the title. So the only chance is Abu Dhabi.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany -Spectators wait in a stand with a banner in reference to Mick Schumacher before the start of practice Ina Fassbender/Pool via REUTERS

We’ll be discussing with both Alfa Romeo and Haas to see what is possible. We will be trying very hard to give them that chance,” Laurent added.

With barely two races to go in F2, Mick will be entirely focused on lifting the championship trophy. As of now, he is 22 points clear of his championship rival, Callum Ilott, and is looking stronger than he ever was in the F2 series.

And also with the final showdown set to take place in Bahrain, Mick will be hoping to settle his dues in the F2 championship to prove his worth to the big shots in Formula 1.

Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar is a Formula 1 writer for EssentiallySports and has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2008. The Chennai-born author is an enthusiast of Racing Point F1 team (Aston Martin Racing) and is also a die-hard fan of Kimi Raikkonen. Rohit is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering and Technology.

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