Mick Schumacher offered Williams lifeline if Haas sign Nico Hulkenberg

Mick Schumacher is out of contract at Haas at the end of the season.

Williams CEO and team principal, Jost Capito, has not ruled out the possibility of the team signing Mick Schumacher for 2023.

The German signed for Haas last season, but was not able to show his true talent in an extremely slow car, and alongside a team-mate in Nikita Mazepin that did not offer enough of a challenge.

Mazepin was dismissed ahead of the new season though amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Schumacher was instead joined by Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane has been mightily impressive since his return to Formula 1, scoring points five times this year, and out-qualifying his younger team-mate 13 times in 17 races.

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It took Schumacher 10 races to get off the points scoring mark this year, but he has looked a solid driver since the Canadian Grand Prix.

However, Haas boss, Guenther Steiner, still does not feel that he has seen enough from his driver to warrant a new deal.

The 23-year-old is out of a drive next year as it stands, with Haas thought to be weighing up Nico Hulkenberg.

Williams are at a loose end regarding their driver line-up for 2023 after the announcement that Nicholas Latifi will be leaving at the end of this year.

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The Grove-based outfit have not yet chosen whom they want to replace the Canadian, but Schumacher is a possible target.

“Yes, of course, Mick is an option, he also deserves to stay in Formula 1. We’ll see if that happens, but he’s definitely an option for us,” Capito told RTL/ntv.

Capito went on to describe the prospect of Schumacher racing for him as “charming,” and he affirmed that the Formula 2 champion of 2020 has the capacity to “really move forward and be a very good driver in Formula 1.”

The German compared Schumacher to George Russell, who spent three years at Williams before joining Mercedes at the start of 2022.

“He is now in his second year, if you look at George Russell, he made mistakes in his second year at Williams and still developed,” added Capito.

“Formula 1 is very complex and the step from Formula 2 is so big because the cars are so complex and technically more demanding.

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“You have to learn that, you have to give a driver two years to get there and show what he can do in the third year.”

Current F2 driver, Logan Sargeant, will partake in FP1 in the United States later this month, and he is part of the Williams junior programme.

Capito confirmed that the American is “also on the list.”