Hulkenberg to attend USGP ahead of Haas announcment

Mick Schumacher is the son of Formula One’s iconic 7 times champion who for many is the sport’s greatest ever driver. However, Mick is out of contract with Haas F1 at the end of this year and with just four races to go the American team have failed to confirm his position for 2023.

Haas team boss has vacillated consistently when questioned over whether Schumacher will be retained with the tea for 2023.

The Netflix team boss star recently commented that Mick had “home advantage” suggesting Schumacher having been with the team for two years is ‘better the devil you know’.



Haas done with rookies

Steiner also indicated Haas is “done with inexperienced drivers” which certainly indicates the team will not be recruiting a junior rookie with no F1 experience.

Over the previous two race weekends in Singapore and Japan, paddock rumours have grown suggesting Haas F1 decision for the driver to partner Magnussen in 2023 is between Mick Schumacher and Nico Hulkenberg.

Hulkenberg has not had a full time Formula One driver for three years though has substituted 4 times in that period for drivers unable to compete. The latest of these was for Sebastian Vettel at Round 1 and 2 of this season, when the German quadruple champion was laid low with Covid-19.



Gene Haas makes capricious offer

Mick Schumacher was offered a poisoned chalice lifeline this weekend when maverick Haas F1 team owner Gene offered his driver a guaranteed drive for 2023 on certain conditions.

“We’re just waiting. We need Mick to bring some points and we’re trying to give him as much time as possible to see what he can do,” said Haas to the Associated Press.

“If he wants to stay with us, he’s got to show us that he can score some more points. That’s what we are waiting for.”

There is also a guilt edged guarantee offed by Gene Haas for young Mick.

“Well, if he wins the next one, he’s in. Somewhere in between there is a grey area.”

Clearly unless the rain gods and all kind of Formula One mayhem occurs in Austin this weekend, a Haas F1 driver is not going to win the race. So Gene Haas apparent benevolent offer is more capricious in nature than genuine.



Mick Schumacher wreckage costs a fortune

Gene continues to plunge the knife into Schumachers record when he adds;

“I think Mick has got a lot of potential, but you know he costs a fortune and he’s wrecked a lot of cars that have cost us a lot of money that we just don’t have. Now, if you bring us some points, and you are (Max) Verstappen and you wreck cars, we’ll deal with it. But when you are in the back and you wreck cars, that’s very difficult.”

Clearly in the real world, Max Verstappen is not driving a flimsy Haas F1 car which is why he scores points and K-Mag and Mick struggle.



Haas mystery press conference

Haas F1 have announced they will be holding a press conference before any of the Formula One activities kick off in Austin. This has created speculation that the team are ready to announce their driver lineup for 2023.

The attendees of the presser are mysteriously not revealed by Haas which is unusual however the fact the team wishes to call in the press prior to any F1 arranged media events is not insignificant.

At a recent event for Aston Martin, Nico Hulkenberg revealed to Speedweek he has “increased the intensity” of his training in recent weeks.



Rare F1 event visit from Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg who has rarely traveled to F1 events over the past few seasons also revealed he will be trackside at the USGP.

“Who knows, maybe in 2023 or in the future there will be an opportunity to return to Formula 1,” Hulkenberg is quoted by Speed Week.

The coincidence of Hulkenberg attending the race in Austin together with the Haas mysterious press conference may be just a coincidence. Then again Nico maybe Haas special mystery guest at their attempt to pre-empt the news for the F1 weekend in Austin Texas.

Yet should the American based F1 team revive Hulkenberg’s career, it will be one of the biggest F1 comebacks in the modern history of the sport.

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