Mick Schumacher is in the middle of his second season in Formula 1. The Haas driver recently fought his way out of the crisis at Silverstone and scored points for the first time in his F1 career. Does the 23-year-old now have a new contract? His team leader sets clear requirements for this and outlines a timetable.
Mick Schumacher still has three races to convince his boss Günther Steiner of his qualities. “As a team, we always either confirmed or didn’t confirm our drivers until after the summer break,” revealed the 57-year-old Italian in an exclusive interview with RTL/ntv (the entire video can be seen in the image above).
Next Sunday (3:00 p.m.) the premier class will be visiting Spielberg, Austria, followed by France (July 24) and Hungary (July 31). After that, the teams have a summer break of around a month before the season in Belgium (28 August) resumes.
Steiner also explained what Schumacher has to do for a cockpit in the 2023 season: “He just has to perform well.” In the last races, his protégé has already shown a significant improvement, “that’s why we just have to make sure that it continues like this”.
Podium the “next goal” for Mick Schumacher in Formula 1
At the same time, the Haas team boss made it clear that he actually does not want to put this pressure on Schumacher to succeed. “That’s inappropriate now. We’re going to go a few more races this year and then we’ll see what happens.” One thing is clear: anyone who does a good job will “automatically” get a cockpit at Haas. “Nobody hasn’t been acknowledged for performing too well.”
According to Steiner, Mick Schumacher’s eighth place at the British Grand Prix was “a salvation for everyone”. The son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher needed 30 races to score those four points.
Now Haas hopes that the knot has burst. “I can’t always say I want to finish eighth. That’s not a goal. That’s why podium is the next goal. I think every racer wants to achieve that. Only he is sure that that won’t happen in the next race ‘ Steiner explained.