Haas driver Mick Schumacher has said that he is keen to show Ferrari what he has in his locker as his development continues.
The 23-year-old was signed by Haas last year as a Ferrari junior driver, but dealt with an underperforming car as neither he nor Nikita Mazepin scored points.
With respect to the Russian, Schumacher did not have a representative challenge last year alongside Mazepin, but he has one this season in Kevin Magnussen.
The young German struggled for performance in the opening nine rounds of the 2022 season as he failed to score points, while the Danish driver managed three, but Schumacher has found his feet since.
He scored points with an excellent performance in Silverstone, before managing another top 10 appearance in Spielberg as he began to show the capabilities that took him to the 2020 Formula 2 title.
He might have scored again in France had it not been for a mistake in Q1 that saw his lap time get deleted, and neither he nor Magnussen, who started from the back due to penalties after making Q3, were able to score in Paul Ricard.
Hungary proved another difficult race for the American team after Magnussen was given a black and orange flag for minor damage to his front wing, which sent him down to 16th.
Schumacher, running an older spec than his team-mate, finished 14th as the VF-22 was beaten on pace by their nearest competitors, Aston Martin and AlphaTauri.
Nonetheless, Schumacher’s form has stabilised since the early part of this year, and he has turned into a solid racer for Haas, strengthening his chances of staying next year.
As part of Ferrari’s agreement with Haas, they require a member of their academy to race with the Banbury-based side.
Schumacher has been a part of that system since 2019, and he feels that he is ready to follow in the footsteps of his father Michael by stepping into a Ferrari.
“I mean, our cars are not the same, but are similar,” he told RacingNews365.com.
“I’ve grown up with Ferrari basically since 2019 and I feel like I understand the whole procedure.
“I’d be more than happy to step in and show them what I’ve got.”
The Haas driver reiterated the performance of constantly striving to find more performance amid his upturn in form.
“I think F1 is always pressure, right?” added Schumacher.
“You’re only as good as your last race, so at the moment, I’m happy, but also, I understand that there’s no time for us to kind of lean back in any way.
“It’s always [about] trying to find the next bit of performance and we’re still trying everything we can to make our car quicker, if it’s on the set-up side or if it’s on the operational side.
“The focus is very much still on trying to improve and to become better, and to achieve greater positions.”
Haas sit seventh in the Constructors’ Standings, seven points clear of AlphaTauri in what has been a marked improvement on last season.