Mick Schumacher could replace Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz at Ferrari over the next couple of seasons, according to a former Formula One driver.
“Haas will be a safe place for him to learn. I don’t think he will struggle in beating [Nikita] Mazepin. If he does then he has a problem,” ex-F1 racer David Coulthard said, commenting on Mick Schumacher’s immediate future in the sport.
“If he doesn’t then that’s exactly what I expect. In doing so, in a couple of years he could earn the opportunity to be with either Ferrari or another team.
“It all depends on Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz,” Coulthard added.
The ex-F1 driver’s comments come hot on the heels of Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto stressing that the plan is for Mick Schumacher to ultimately race for the Scuderia.
“The Ferrari Driver Academy was not created to raise Formula 1 drivers, but the next driver for Ferrari.
“Today it is too early to decide but there are the premises to see Mick in red in 2023,” Binotto told reporters in an end-of-season virtual media conference.
Binotto also recently said that Ferrari won’t go into the 2021 season with a designated number one driver, so Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc will initially be allowed to race each other.