German ex-F1 racer blames Haas for stacking the odds against Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher will be replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for 2023, as the team choose experience over potential.

Mick Schumacher’s future in Formula 1 had been up in the air ever since the summer break, when Haas stalled on offering the young German a new contract to tie him down for 2023.

Haas had told Schumacher that they needed to see an improvement in his performances if he wanted to keep his seat for next season, and after months of deliberation the team announced prior to the final race of the season that they had opted to make a change.

The German was given the ultimatum of scoring a reasonable haul of points before the end of the year, however small mistakes and damage to his car prevented Schumacher from doing so as the season came to a close.

When everything goes his way, Schumacher is clearly a talented driver, even picking up a sixth place finish earlier this year at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, however this speed had not been seen often enough for Haas to commit to another year with the 23-year-old.

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Former F1 driver Timo Glock has been one of multiple drivers to come to Schumacher’s defence, and has claimed that Haas did not make it easy for the German to keep his race seat.

“The way in which Haas has dealt with this topic in the past few weeks and months is difficult for me to understand. In my opinion, Mick always had very good speed,” said Glock.

“Of course there are times when he made mistakes. You learn from that. But he was always in the situation where he was told he must not break the car under any circumstances.

“If you add up how many times Mick had technical problems during free practice at the weekends, then you have to take a good look at Haas.

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“They didn’t make it easy for Mick either. Not everything went perfectly there.”

Despite the American owned team not deeming Schumacher worth of a seat in 2023, it has not put off a whole host of suitors who are rumoured to be interested in acquiring the German’s services.

Both Alpine and Mercedes have thrown their hat in the ring to offer the 23-year-old a role as a reserve driver for next season, while Audi, who will enter the sport in 2026, have been heavily linked to Schumacher ahead of their entry to the sport in a few years time.