Mick Schumacher has good chance of staying with Haas in 2023 after missing out on Aston Martin seat

Mick Schumacher's deal with Haas expires at the end of the season.

Former Formula 1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, is optimistic that his nephew Mick’s recent performances are enough to keep him at Haas next season.

The young German has had a rocky start to life in the pinnacle of motorsport, failing to score in a 2021 that saw Haas spend the entire year at the back of the grid developing for the new technical regulations.

This meant that neither Schumacher nor fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin were able to score any points as the American side became only the third team in seven years to fail to register a single point over a full season.

Mazepin was dropped amid Russia’s war on Ukraine, and Kevin Magnussen returned to Haas to replace him.

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The Dane has out-qualified Schumacher in 11 of the 13 races so far this year as the 23-year-old continued to find difficulties in finding his feet.

Once he did though, he scored points in Silverstone and Austria, and might have repeated that feat in France had it not been for a strong of bad luck throughout a weekend in which the car looked competitive enough to get both drivers into the top 10.

Schumacher’s good friend, Sebastian Vettel, announced his retirement at the end of the current season, and Haas are yet to announce any deal keeping Schumacher at the Banbury-based team beyond his contract’s expiry at the end of this season.

Vettel recommended Schumacher for the vacant seat, but that was taken by Fernando Alonso, who has left his drive open at Alpine.

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Reserve driver Oscar Piastri seems to have a deal elsewhere, but Alpine are set on agreeing a contract with the Australian, so remaining at Haas is becoming his only option.

While Ralf would have liked his nephew to be considered for the Aston Martin drive, he suggested Mick has done enough to secure a Haas drive in 2023.

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“For my nephew Mick, Aston Martin would have been a good option,” he told Sky Germany.

“But he’s already with a team in Haas that is doing a good job and making progress.

“Mick’s performance has improved significantly over the past few weeks, so I can well imagine them staying together.”

Ferrari require one of Haas’ seats to be taken up by a Ferrari junior due to their contractual agreement with the team that sees them supply engines, leaving the only other realistic option as Robert Shwartzman were Haas to drop Schumacher.

“I don’t know what else Haas could do, because there aren’t that many experienced drivers on the market, and we can see that new drivers need a long start-up time with these cars and no testing,” explained Ralf.

Haas are currently seventh in the Constructors’ Standings after a strong first half of the season that has seen them re-enter the midfield fight.