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Gene Haas assesses Mick Schumacher’s current situation

What does the team owner say?

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Gene Haas has stated that Mick Schumacher’s future with the American team is in his own hands.

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Speaking with APnews at the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, the Haas team owner said:

“Mick’s future is going to be decided by Mick.

“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.

“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.”

Schumacher’s current situation at Haas

Mick Schumacher is in his second year with the American racing team Haas. He spent his rookie year mainly at the back of the field. Reasons for this are up for discussion, but Haas did not develop the car for top performance in the 2021 season.

This year, the situation seems to have changed at least a little. Haas is currently 8th in the constructors’ championship, level on points with AlphaTauri.

Schumacher is 16th in the drivers’ championship with 12 points on the board. His best race result was 6th in Austria.

However, this was also the last time Schumacher finished in the points. Botched pit stops and questionable strategy decisions at Haas led to the situation he is now in.

Schumacher’s contract ends after this season.

Gene Haas took stock:

“We started off the year with resounding success and I think the middle season wasn’t too good, and we just seem to fall back into our usual way of running.

We’ve just got to get out of that. And Formula One is so tough. When I started there was 6 seconds between the leaders and the backend and you had a 107% rule. Now we’re all within 2 seconds, so it’s gotten a lot tougher and there are no bad teams anymore.”

Future at Haas

Another point, according to Haas, is that Schumacher has also caused high costs for the team this season:

“In this sport, being kind of a rookie driver, the sport just doesn’t allow it — it’s just too expensive. If you make any mistakes in driver selection, or strategy, or tire selection, it is costing you millions of dollars.

“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.”

Asked what exactly needs to happen in the final four races of the F1 season for Schumacher to stay, Haas explained:

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

Another candidate for Haas would be another German in Nico Hülkenberg. We are curious when we will get a confirmation for the open Haas seat.

 

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