The 23-year-old German driver is struggling with a second world championship so far rather stingy with satisfactions
Mick Schumacher outside the Ferrari protective wing at the end of the year and free agent on the 2023 drivers market? That’s what Autosport writes in an article by Adam Cooper, who hypothesizes at the end of 2022 the dissolution of the umbilical cord that binds Michael Schumacher’s son to the Scuderia di Maranello since the racing debut of the 23-year-old Haas driver powered by Ferrari. Mick would then be on the hunt for a steering wheel for next season: Alpine, Williams also Alpha Tauri would be at the top of the wish list of the German, who risks not finding a place on the starting grid for the next World Cup. In place of him in 2023 Antonio Giovinazzi could returnleft the World Cup at the end of last season.
Joined the FDA (Ferrari Driver Academy) in early 2019, Mick has tasted it on multiple occasions the Cavallino Rampante branded GP single-seaters even before being able to sit as a starter at the wheel of the Haas equipped with the Maranello power unit in 2021, for a debut season that is not very indicative in terms of results: due to the car available (the USA team had chosen to line up at the start an updated version of the VF-20 of the year before, then focusing everything on the new generation single-seater) but also for the little stimulating internal confrontation with Nikita Mazepin.
A whole other story this year: a few flashes of competitiveness – we’ll talk about it later – and a couple of accidents too many (in qualifying in Jeddah, in the race in Monte Carlo), but above all the difficulty in keeping up with the comparison with Kevin Magnussenhastily called by the team to replace the Russian Mazepin, who was on foot a few weeks before the start of the World Championship as a result of the team renouncing the sponsors of Nikita, following the aggression of Ukraine by his country.
Fifteenth in the general classification with 12 points to his credit (the Dane is eleventh at 22), Mick scored points twice consecutively in the first half of July: eighth at Silverstone, even sixth in Austria (Magnussen had been fifth in his seasonal debut in Bahrain), but then failed to return to the top ten in the order of arrival at Paul Ricard, Budapest and Spa-Francorchamps.
Mick’s range of possibilities is still quite wide, rumors from England should be reconfirmed: Alpine, Williams and Alpha Tauri. Very close to Mick by nationality and because … of his father, Sebastian Vettel goes so far as to sponsor an elusive McLaren candidacy for his protege. However, he should be joining Lando Norris next year in the papaya team Oscar Piastri, currently in litigation with Alpine. Precisely the arrival of the Australian talent at McLaren could however favor the passage of Mick in the blue team alongside his friend Esteban Ocon.
Also according to Autosport, to get on the Haas eventually vacated by the German next year could be Antonio Giovinazzi that in the meantime – as announced by Ferrari on Monday 22 August – will drive the VF-22 in the first free practice session on Friday both at Monza Grand Prix of Italy (9-11 September), either in that of the USA at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, in the second half of October (21-23). Fresh from a disappointing season in the Formula E World Championship that ended on August 15th in Korea, Giovinazzi raced in Formula One until the end of 2021 with Alfa Romeo Sauber and this year he shares in half the role of reserve driver with Schumacher of the Scuderia di Maranello.