Former Formula 1 driver, Hans-Joachim Stuck, has told Haas that they will not be able to find a better driver than Mick Schumacher.
The German is out of contract with Haas at the end of this season having extended his stay during a satisfactory performance over the course of his rookie year in 2021.
Neither he nor Nikita Mazepin scored points last season, and they were set to work together again to try and change that this season, before Russian president Vladimir Putin started a war on Ukraine.
Mazepin was dropped a result of Haas cutting ties with the Uralkali company through which his father, Dmitry, paid for his drive, so there was no longer any room for the 23-year-old.
Kevin Magnussen, who was set to contest another year of IMSA with Chip Ganassi, returned to the American side having left at the end of 2020, and he has generally out-performed Schumacher this season.
The Dane leads the qualifying battle 11-2, and has scored points on four occasions so far this season, putting him 10 points and four positions in front in the championship.
However, that does not tell the full story. Schumacher has finished ahead eight times in race trim, and of late, has been putting in much more consistent displays.
His points finish in Silverstone ended a drought of 31 race entries, and that was followed by another points finish in Austria after a feisty and gutsy performance there.
The 23-year-old has been beginning to show the talent that took him to the Formula 2 title in 2020, but he still does not have a contract signed for next season.
There are options for him elsewhere, with seats available at AlphaTauri, Williams, Alfa Romeo and Alpine next year, but the last thing Stuck wants for his compatriot is to be left without a drive, as it would be extremely detrimental to his career.
“He needs to stick with it now, show himself and set an example, as he has already done this year, but not driving in Formula 1 for a year would be fatal,” he told Eurosport.
Should Schumacher fail to find a drive elsewhere, Stuck suggested that it would be ill-advised from Haas not to keep him on board.
“If for some reason it doesn’t work out for him with another team, he’ll just have to do it with Haas for another year,” added the 71-year-old.
“If Mick can’t find another cockpit, I wouldn’t understand it from Haas’ perspective, because they won’t get anyone better.
“But I’d be surprised if Mick doesn’t find a job anywhere, he shows impeccable performances which the people in charge can see. He also has a great name.
“A team looking for a young driver can do no better than signing Mick Schumacher.”
Sebastian Vettel suggested that Aston Martin sign Schumacher after he announced his retirement, but they had already agreed a deal with Fernando Alonso.