The Ferrari Formula 1 team will discuss the future with Mick Schumacher in the coming weeks. Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has said he will meet with Mick Schumacher shortly to discuss his future with the Ferrari Driver Academy, of which the young German is a member. It was thought that this would occur during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza but it appears that a reprieve was issued, giving the German a few more races to prove his worth.
Mick Schumacher has been a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2019 and, after winning the F2 championship in 2020, the German has been promoted to Formula 1 with the Haas team, Ferrari’s principal partner. However, rumours suggest that Schumacher will leave the Ferrari Driver Academy at the end of the season and may also find a seat in another team on the grid, with a distinct possibility of Mick Schumacher leaving Formula 1.
Asked about Schumacher’s future with the FDA, Binotto did not confirm the rumours but said he would discuss his future with Mick Schumacher within a few races.
“The Ferrari Driver Academy is an important pillar of our team for us. We invest a lot in it and we will continue to invest a lot in the Ferrari Driver Academy,” Binotto told a press conference in Monza a few days ago.
“The reason is that we think it’s important to develop the best talent and look to the future, to try to find the best talent for the red car. With regard to Mick, as we said at the start of the season, it’s important that Mick improves this season.”
“We will sit down with him in a few races to review his season, and we will also do that with Haas and decide on his best future.”
The FDA has a number of drivers on the programme, including Schumacher’s former F2 teammate Robert Shwartzman, who will make his FP1 debut with the Ferrari team next month at the US Grand Prix.
Sky Sports Germany pundit and former F1 driver Timo Glock, thinks with 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.”
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,”
“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.”