Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has confirmed that they are negotiating with Haas about Mick Schumacher with the intention of keeping the German on the American team for a second season. Although Haas has confirmed Nikita Mazepin for 2022, team boss Guenther Steiner says the details still need to be finished when it comes to Schumacher.
The German had a mixed first part of the season, suffered two more serious incidents in the last free practice which meant he could not participate in the qualifiers. He had his first serious incident at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he smashed a car, so he sat in the garage.
After that, he did the same at the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, Mick succeeded in the intention he set for himself for the first part of the season: entering the second qualifying round. He succeeded in that. In addition, the German driver won his best and Haas' place in the last race of the first part of the 2021 season.
He crossed the finish line of Hungaroring as the twelfth. Since there was a break, teams and drivers already have a plan for what they need to do: stay in the current teams or move on to other teams. As a member of the Ferrari Driving Academy, Schumacher, after winning the title in Formula 2, got a place for the 2020 season to find himself on the grid of the premier class with Haas in 2021.
Binotto is happy with Schumacher
The head of the Italian team says that they are in talks with the American team about Mick's confirmation for the 2022 season. "This year has been harder for Ferrari's driver's academy, but you have to give children time to grow up," Binotto told La Gazetta Dello Sport.
"Mick Schumacher's first season is for learning, without pressure. We are talking to Haas to confirm him there, "said the Ferrari boss. As for the young German and his first part of the season, he says he is quite happy with the work done.
“Overall, I think I’m pretty happy with the first part of the season,” Schumacher says. "Obviously, it's quite difficult because we knew it would be difficult for us to fight for points, but I had to enter the second qualifying round.
That's my big highlight. " "I hope that we will be able to have better weekends, and that we must accept weekends that will be worse for us," added Haas's driver.