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Mick Schumacher to be replaced by an Italian driver at Haas in 2023

Mick Schumacher, Six Sports

Ferrari officially announced that Mick Schumacher will leave the Ferrari Driver Academy at the end of the 2022 season.

This puts Schumacher’s Haas contract at risk as Antonio Giovinazzi, who still has Ferrari’s support, looks likely to take his seat on the American team.

The German youngster joined the FDA in 2019 as he prepared to compete in his maiden Formula 2 season.

The year before, he had won the Formula 3 championship as he scored an amazing fifth-place finish at the Macau Grand Prix.

Schumacher joined the Prema team in 2019, as did many FDA drivers who had reached the top rung of the ladder, but despite earning points in eight feature races, Schumacher finished 12th overall.

Schumacher stepped up his performances massively in the 2020 season as he scored points 20 times in the season taking home two victories, and finishing on the podium in eight races.

His championship-winning exploits earned him a spot in F1 with the Haas F1 team. But an uncompetitive car rendered him to the back of the grid most of the time. While Schumacher was impressed with some of his performances, he ultimately failed to score points that season.

His 2021 teammate, Nikita Mazepin was replaced by Kevin Magnussen following the Russian invasion. The Dane has out-qualified the German 11 times this season.

Schumacher struggled to match his experienced teammate, especially at the beginning of the season. The German was also involved in heavy crashes in Jeddah and Monaco.

He finally scored his first-career points at Silverstone. He followed it up with a brilliant P6 in Austria. But he hasn’t scored points since Austria.

Due to Ferrari’s affiliation with Haas, they might wish to use an FDA driver for the upcoming season, in which case the German would need to find another seat.

Giovinazzi seems to be the more logical candidate to replace the German, given his past experience with Alfa Romeo, but Robert Shwartzman, a former Formula 2 driver, is also an option.

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