Haas F1 have finally confirmed that Mick Schumacher will join them for 2021. The German F2 championship leader will partner fellow F2 graduate, Nikita Mazepin for the American team next season as announced yesterday.
Just like his future teammate, Mick will be on a “multi-year” contract. The length is not public knowledge. If Haas are smart, they will have both men on a performance-based option for 2022, depending on how they progress.
Of course, Ferrari may wish to promote Schumacher for 2023 should he show similar promise to Charles Leclerc. Mick Schumacher is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy program, and as such is managed by the famed Italian team. Should Schumacher win the F2 championship, he would be matching the steps taken by the Scuderia’s darling, Leclerc.
With development for 2021 almost frozen, both Schumacher and Mazepin will be looking ahead to 2022 for a competitive car. The Haas VF-20 has struggled throughout 2020 with only two point-scoring finishes all season.
Haas will no doubt see 2021 as a season to bed in their two rookie drivers. The Schumacher announcement is their third piece of driver news this week. In light of Grosjean’s horrific crash at the Bahrain GP, Pietro Fittipaldi will race for them this weekend.
Schumacher to focus on winning F2 first
Schumacher, who is well used to the media spotlight, will have even more cameras and microphones thrust upon him this weekend. The Formula 2 championship faces the final race events on the Bahrain outer circuit. Schumacher leads fellow Ferrari Driver Academy hopeful, Callum Ilott, in the standings by 14 points.
For more information about Mick Schumacher, we’ve brought forward our scheduled Academy Focus piece following today’s news announcement. Head over here to get a brief history of Mick’s route to F1. Sadly, our lead F2 writer will not be spending a weekend living like a monkey as he had promised.