Mick Schumacher will leave Haas at the end of the season – with his hopes of finding a seat with another team for 2023 looking slim…
The German joined Haas in 2021 to race alongside Nikita Mazepin, Schumacher winning the F2 championship last year.
This year Schumacher, together with Kevin Magnussen, scored his first points at Silverstone with an eighth place, followed by a sixth place at the next race in Austria.
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However, he has not scored since then and has contributed less than a third of Haas’ overall points tally – with the US team eighth in the Constructors’ Championship. He’s also had several crashes that have proven costly.
As a result, Haas has opted not to retain the German for a third season.
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“I would like to thank Mick Schumacher for his contribution to the team over the past few years,” said Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.
“Mick’s pedigree in the junior categories was well known and he has continued to grow and develop as a driver during his time with Haas F1 Team – culminating in his first Formula 1 points-scoring successes earlier this season.
“While the entire team is choosing to move in different directions for the future, the entire team wishes Mick the best for the next steps in his career and beyond.”
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Williams has the only remaining spot on the grid for 2023, but that will go to their academy driver Logan Sargeant, provided he finishes in the top six of the F2 standings. The American is currently third and is in good shape to meet the criteria.
The conclusion of that championship will take place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, ahead of the last Grand Prix of the season in Formula 1.
Haas later confirmed Schumacher’s replacement would be former Force India and Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg.
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In a statement on social media, Schumacher, meanwhile, admitted his disappointment that his time with Haas was coming to an end, adding that he was confident his talent deserved a place on the F1 grid.
“This will be my last race with Haas F1 Team. I do not want to hide that I am very disappointed with the decision not to renew our contract,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, I would like to thank both Haas F1 and Ferrari for this opportunity. Those years together helped me mature both technically and personally. And especially when the going got tough, I realized how much I love this sport.
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“It was bumpy at times but I improved steadily, learned a lot and now I am sure I deserve a place in Formula 1. The topic is anything but closed to me. Setbacks only make you stronger.
“My fire is burning for Formula 1 and I will fight hard to get back to the starting grid.”