A few weeks ago, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner explained that he wanted to wait until the summer break to consider the driver pairing for 2023. The American team now prefers to take its time and has decided to postpone negotiations, depriving Mick Schumacher of an immediate confirmation and effectively leaving the German out in the cold whilst the craziest F1 silly season in years rumbles along.
The second half of the 2022 Formula One season is likely to be tough for Mick Schumacher. With nine races remaining, the 23-year-old will probably have to fight for his future for a place in the pinnacle of motorsport. According to RTL/ntv, Mick Schumacher will not receive a contract extension during the summer break as it seems that the Haas team has preferred to postpone negotiations.
After the announcement of Sebastian Vettel’s departure, the Aston Martin team became a serious option for the young German driver. However, the announcement that Fernando Alonso will be joining the British team in 2023 has dashed Mick Schumacher’s hopes and removed his negotiating card with Haas.
The Haas team can now rely on the time factor, knowing that it is currently the only way for the German to secure his grid spot for the coming year. Not all the seats have been allocated, but drivers such as Yuki Tsunoda and Guanyu Zhou are almost certain to remain in their positions. We don’t know either what will happen at Alpine after the chaos around Oscar Piastri.
The pressure on the German driver should therefore increase considerably at the start of the season. His teammate Kevin Magnussen has a multi-year contract with the American team. In the battle of teammates, Magnussen is the clear leader, holding 22 points in the drivers’ championship to Schumacher’s 12.
After better performances at Silverstone and Spielberg (the only two races where he scored points), the German driver has come up short in the last two races in France and Hungary.
Should Haas decide against Mick Schumacher for 2023, it could be the first season in F1 without a full German driver since 1981.