Sad, but not entirely unexpected news for Callum Ilott with the F2 driver confirming he won’t be in F1 in 2021. The Brit tweeted on Monday morning that he has known for a couple of weeks. The insight from Ilott goes some way to confirming that it will be Mazepin and Schumacher in the Haas seats for next season, as has long been speculated.
Callum Ilott’s full F1 2021 tweet:
“It is time i announce that I have been told I will not be racing F1 in 2021. Obviously I have known this for a couple weeks now. I am disappointed, but I will just work harder and do what it takes to make sure it happens in 2022. Anyway, I have a championship I want to win”
With the Ferrari Driver Academy boasting three of the top Formula 2 drivers this season, there has been an outside chance Haas could graduate two men from it. Shwartzman and Ilott would’ve vyed for the second seat, with the first going to Mick Schumacher in what is the current open secret of the F1 paddock.
Callum Ilott faces an uncertain future now with the door to F1 closing. Should he win F2 this season, which is still a definite possibility, he will not be able to race the series in 2021. Ilott may need to move to Super Formula, or away from single-seaters next year if he’s crowned champion. Even if current leader, Schumacher, does win, Ilott will still remain lower on the list of Ferrari drivers looking to make it to the scarlet team.
Antonio Giovinazzi still holds hope that he will make it to the Scuderia, and Schumacher himself will want to impress on his debut season for Haas. If the German has a season similar to Charles Leclerc, the new, forward-thinking Ferrari could promote Mick to the main team before long.