F1 News: Mick Schumacher’s Mercedes safety net – F1 Briefings
Mick Schumacher’s future with Haas is the last remaining puzzle for the 2023 grid, as the 23-year-old continues to await a decision.
Gunther Steiner unveiled in June that Schumacher’s performance would be assessed before offering a new contract, and it seems that assessment is still ongoing.
With only two rounds remaining in the season, many wonder why Haas remains so hesitant to choose between Schumacher and Nico Hulkenberg, who is considered the most likely free agent to join the team.
Regardless of why the Haas announcement for 2023 hasn’t arrived yet, Mick Schumacher is assessing his next steps if a new contract with Haas isn’t in place.
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There are no more seats outside of Haas for next season, so a failure to win an extension with the American team will see him out of F1 next year.
That said, Schumacher still has options to maintain his activity in the paddock and establish new relationships with the teams.
A AMuS report suggests Schumacher is Mercedes’ preferred option for a reserve driver if Daniel Ricciardo is unavailable.
Mick is also in the running for a reserve role at Alpine, which means the end of his time with Haas does not mean the end of his career.
It would be a stretch to assume that Schumacher will definitely return to the F1 grid if Haas does not offer him a new contract, but he will certainly reappear as an option for 2024 if that is the case.