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Steiner admits Schumacher’s uncertain future with Haas

The final decision will be made after the next run of European races

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Guenther Steiner revealed that talks to extend Mick Schumacher’s contract are currently non-existent. 

Schumacher’s contract expires at the end of this season (Photo by Arthur Thill ATPImages/Getty Images)

It has been a turbulent season for the son of the seven-time world champion. Major crashes cost the team millions before he went on to score his first F1 points at Silverstone. 

With so many young drivers lusting after a seat, there are doubts over whether Schumacher will race next year.

Steiner’s comments

As reported by RacingNews365.com, contract talks have not yet begun between Haas and Schumacher.

The silly season has gone off the rails this year, with Alpine’s dealings with Oscar Piastri and Fernando Alonso causing chaos. The Spaniard will replace the retiring Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, taking a seat that was rumoured to be saved for Schumacher. 

However, Steiner is adamant that complications in the driver market are not affecting any future deal with the German. 

“I don’t really know what Mick has done, and we have not spoken about a drive for next year with Mick,” said Steiner.

“He hasn’t spoken to us and we haven’t spoken to him – we want to see what’s happening.

“This Aston Martin thing happened very quickly and so nobody had time to really think about it, but there were rumours he [Schumacher] could replace Vettel, but that went away pretty quick.

“We didn’t look at what other people were doing.”

As Schumacher has strong ties to Ferrari, Steiner also admitted that any contract talks would be decided alongside them. 

As a Ferrari customer team, any decisions made by Haas and Schumacher must be agreed upon by all those involved (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Who, if anyone, could take the second Haas seat?

With Kevin Magnussen on a multi-year deal, only one seat at Haas will become free for the next season. 

A crucial factor is that Steiner is not obliged to sign a Ferrari-backed driver for 2023. This free choice could generate a lot of interest in that second seat. 

Looking at the Ferrari-related options, Antonio Giovinazzi could make a shock return to F1. As Haas’ reserve driver, he is an attractive option – he has the experience and has kept his foot in the door since leaving Alfa Romeo.

Of course, everyone likes to hear that super-sub Nico Hulkenberg is an option, as always. But if you believed every rumour, he would be racing for almost every F1 team next year. 

What about the potential rookies Steiner could consider? After Theo Pourchaire announced yesterday that he will not be competing in Formula 2 next year, he could be searching for an opportunity. If not him, his title rival Felipe Drugovich has no ties to F1. He has shown himself to be an extremely talented racer, and it would be a shame if this was to go unnoticed. 

Schumacher’s future

Schumacher recently commented that he is “ready” for a move to Ferrari. However, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc look like a fairly strong duo. It’s difficult to predict when, if ever, the Haas driver could be promoted. 

Could Schumacher usurp Sainz’s Ferrari seat any time soon? (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

According to AS, Schumacher said: “I have grown up with Ferrari since 2019 and I know the procedures. I would be delighted to show what I am capable of.”

Despite his optimism, staying at Haas looks like the most likely way for him to remain in F1. If Mick wants to retain his seat, he needs an impressive run of results to prove his worth to Steiner. 

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  1. Should Mick get sacked without neither Gio nor Shwartzman replacing him, I could see Ricciardo as an alternative if he didn’t end up at Alpine, after all.
    Hulkenberg is at best a last-resort choice if, for whatever reason, everyone else proved unavailable, given his lack of active racing for the third consecutive year, not only from F1 but racing generally.
    Pouchaire would only debut at Alfa in any case.
    Drugovich I could see as a viable option, or perhaps they’d be willing to promote P. Fittipaldi from reserve to regular driver within the team.
    De Vries might also become an option in some scenarios, dependent on his Williams chance.
    I’m still wholly positive Mick will continue at Haas in the end, but we’ll see.

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