It appears that a pivotal moment has now passed for Mick Schumacher. During the Grand Prix at Monza, the German driver was to learn of his fate as a Ferrari driver, and unfortunately, the young son of Michael Schumacher now knows he’s done at Ferrari with a deafening silence from Binotto. At the Italian Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher finished twelfth, GP rookie Nyck de Vries ninth in the Williams. Timo Glock, Sky Sports F1 Germany expert, says that this isn’t great news for Mick, cementing his likely demise from the sport, and certainly Ferrari.
High-speed circuits like Spa-Francorchamps or Monza are not exactly optimal race tracks for the Haas’ 2022 race car, and so another zero result for Mick Schumacher was foreseeable for the Italian GP. The 23-year-old finished twelfth and remains on his two points runs, eighth in England, sixth in Austria. He has been without further points for five races.
Not great news for the Haas driver who is tied to Ferrari.
Former F1 driver turn pundit, Timo Glock, was at the Royal Park of Monza as Formula 1 expert for the German Sky channek: “A rookie really convinced me at the weekend in Italy: Nyck de Vries did a super job at his first Grand Prix.”
“To jump into the Williams on Saturday and then deliver like that, that’s outstanding. He was also very clever in the race and stayed out of trouble on lap 1. De Vries immediately found a rhythm and went with the train straight away. He has delivered a clear calling card for next year.”
Timo Glock went on to say, “It’s clear in my eyes what this means for the driver market,” lamenting that it is almost certainly a final nail in the coffin for Schumacher,
“De Vries has been a candidate for the unoccupied cars all along, but of course with a performance like this weekend he has put himself more clearly on the agenda. He will definitely be on every team’s list now. I’m also sure we’ll see him in one of the cars next year.” said the German pundit,
“For Mick Schumacher, it means there is a new opponent in the fight for the remaining cockpits. That doesn’t make it any easier for him.”
Glock acknowledges, “Mick, somewhat under the radar, put in a great performance as well. To move up to 12th with 16 laps all weekend and all the problems he had in practice, this with a car that had no speed in Monza, that’s a really good performance. And he was clearly in control of his teammate Kevin Magnussen this time as well.”
“If there had been a restart after the safety car period, Schumacher might have had the opportunity to finish in the points. He made no mistakes and got the maximum out of his package.”
This gives Timo Glock the certainty that indeed Mick Schumacher is done with Ferrari, and probably F1 in general: “Still, there was no clear commitment to Mick from Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto,
“Certainly, in the end the racing team bosses decide who will drive the cars in 2023. But no commitment from Binotto, that shows me that the collaboration between Ferrari and Mick Schumacher will be over by the end of the year.”
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Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto says that he ‘hopes’ Mick Schumacher can stay at Haas another season, but makes no promises.
“It was another unfortunate weekend for Mick, he had problems with the car and couldn’t drive much before qualifying, which is why he had to start from the back,” Binotto told Sky Germany.
“We still have a few races, then we’ll sit down with Haas and hopefully find the best decision for him and his future.”
Haas boss Gunther Steiner says Mick still has to show what he can do saying:
“We are considering what is best for the development of the team,” he said.
“Do we only look at the technology or also the driving element?
“To be honest, we don’t know if Mick will stay or not. He delivered very good races in Canada, England and Austria, but he lacks the consistency to perform well. We’re in no hurry on the driver issue and Mick still has chances to show what he can do.”