Mick Schumacher‘s future path in F1 is uncertain right now as his contract with the Ferrari Driver Academy will ‘naturally expire’ at the end of the current campaign.
The 23-year-problems old’s are made worse by the fact that it is almost clear that he won’t be retained by the Haas F1 Team for 2023, leaving Schumacher with just two realistic choices.
Alpine or Williams are the only possible options for the German as all the other options are unlikely. He is also being considered for a seat at Alpha Tauri but is not the frontrunner for the seat.
However, Esteban Ocon has been pushing Alpine to sign Mick Schumacher after Fernando Alonso left the team for Aston Martin.
Although Haas hasn’t formally stated that they won’t be renewing Schumacher’s contract, many people in the paddock have come to the conclusion that the German won’t be racing for the American team in 2023.
Schumacher is reportedly set to lose his seat to the Italian driver, Antonio Giovanazzi. Giovanzzi is currently racing in Formula E and was a driver for Alfa Romeo till 2021. The Italian will also get two FP1 sessions with the team.
The loss of Schumacher would be devastating to Formula 1, not only because the Haas driver is the reigning F2 World Champion but because he is also the son of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Many people still think he’ll be in the paddock for the upcoming season; however, if he isn’t, there might not be a German driver on the grid for the first time since 1991.
Due to his FDA contract not being extended, which made him a free agent, Schumacher has only been able to speak with other teams who are not affiliated with Ferrari.
After winning the 2018 European F3 Championship, the Schumacher joined the FDA in 2019, along with other talented drivers including Callum Ilott, Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, and Enzo Fittipaldi.
He was backed by Ferrari and was assumed to follow in the footsteps of his dad and drive for the Scuderia sometime in the future.
Poor 2022 performances put Schumacher’s seat at a risk
However, the 2022 season has not gone as expected for Schumacher.
There have been a few good performances where he has shown glimpses of his talent. The P6 finish in Austria along with staunch defence to Lewis Hamilton capped off his best weekend to date.
But there have been other times where he has been very erratic and error-prone. Points finish in Miami went begging after Schumacher impatiently tried to overtake Vettel.
The German has also been involved in very heavy crashes which have cost the team heavily. He had two serious crashes in Saudi Arabia and Monaco, both of which caused his car to break in half. These crashes put a strain on the team’s financial budget.
His chances of securing a future seat with Ferrari have dimmed as a result of mistakes, particularly now that Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are bound by multi-year contracts.
Haas also have no dearth of options with drivers like Daniel Ricciardo, Theo Pourchaire, Nico Hulkenberg, and much more available in the market.
Hopefully, the upcoming weeks will provide some news on whether Schumacher will be competing in Formula One or another sport next season.
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