Haas driver Mick Schumacher may not stay in Formula 1 next season, according to reports emerging from credible German publication Bild.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who recently announced his decision to retire from the sport, had recommended Schumacher’s name to take his seat at Aston Martin.
However, the team chose to ignore this advice and imminently recruited two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to partner up with Esteban Ocon next year.
“Sebastian’s good words to Lawrence Stroll didn’t help,” RTL pundit Felix Gorner said.
“That means there is only Haas for next season. It’s now important for him to negotiate well in the next few weeks to secure his seat.”
This may well hold some weight, considering how Ralf Schumacher, uncle of Mick, has recently started praising Haas despite being highly critical of them earlier.
“For my nephew Mick, Aston Martin would have been a good option,” Ralf said.
“But he’s already with a team in Haas that is doing a good job and making progress. Mick’s performance has improved significantly over the past few weeks, so I can well imagine them staying together.
“I don’t know what else Haas could do, because there aren’t that many experienced drivers on the market. And we can see that new drivers need a long start-up time with these cars and no testing.”
Bild newspaper journalists Silja Rulle, Michel Milewski and Tom Kollmar all believe that “initial talks” between Mick and Haas have begun over the 2023 seat.
“But the relationship between the two parties is difficult,” they said.
“Gunther Steiner has been publicly critical of Mick in the past.”
Alpha Tauri might be Mick’s best option
Bild newspaper further adds that Schumacher is no longer seen by Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto as a valuable prospect.
The report further goes on to claim that even Williams has shut its door on any possibility of tying up with Mick.
“Alex Albon is staying and engine supplier Mercedes would like to see its driver Nyck de Vries replace Nicholas Latifi,” the newspaper states.
“What that means it that we face a year without a German driver in Formula 1.”
For Mick to have any chance of staying in the sport, Alpha Tauri may well serve to be his best chance, especially due to Yuki Tsunoda’s precarious position at the team.
“Yuki Tsunoda hasn’t been decided yet, but he is number 1 on our list,” Dr Helmut Marko recently said.
“We haven’t had any talks with Mick Schumacher yet. He’s a Ferrari junior.”