Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur has commented on speculation that F1 rookie Mick Schumacher will leave Haas to join the Switzerland-based team at the end of the year.
Schumacher, who won the 2020 Formula Two title, was a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy during his junior racing career and he was linked with both of Ferrari’s customer teams (namely Haas and Alfa Romeo) last season.
He was ultimately signed by Haas, but with the American racing outfit having the slowest car on the F1 grid this season, it has been rumoured that he is looking for a move at the end of 2021.
Commenting on the prospect of Schumacher joining Alfa Romeo in 2022, Vasseur didn’t rule out such a move but indicated that there was nothing in the pipeline at this stage.
“It is far too early to discuss this,” Vasseur said.
“We are working together, we have tonnes of races in a row over the last two or three months and I think we [will] discuss together in the last part of the season, not before.”
Continuing, Vasseur said he believes that having some uncertainty about the team’s driver line-up going forward is beneficial for the team, as it increases the pressure on its existing drivers to perform and deliver results.
“To keep the system under pressure is always a good thing,” the Alfa Romeo team boss said.
“I don’t want to commit for a long time, I don’t want to say ‘Okay guys, you can relax and blah blah’. We have to keep everybody under pressure.
“F1 is all about pressure and we have to keep it like this. We don’t know what could happen around us, in the junior series and in the top of the field and so on and we don’t want to take this kind of commitment today.
“We know the grid will be fulfilled by the top, Mr Wolff will make his own decision and then Mr Horner and then at one stage it will come to us.
“We are not in a rush to make this kind of decision but things are moving and for sure we have a question mark around Kimi, but Antonio is improving,” he concluded.