Mick Schumacher “has to have the ability to beat” Kevin Magnussen or he can say goodbye to a Ferrari race seat, that’s based on Marc Surer.
Schumacher has a brand new, and surprising, team-mate this season in Magnussen, the previous F1 driver returning to the game and Haas after the crew opted to half methods with Nikita Mazepin throughout pre-season testing.
However regardless of solely a day and a half within the automotive earlier than the season started, his first F1 outing in 14 months, the Dane has emerged because the stronger of the 2 Haas team-mates within the opening three rounds.
Whereas Magnussen has scored 12 factors, and twice featured in Q3, Schumacher has but to make it via to the ultimate qualifying phase. He’s additionally but to get off the mark within the Drivers’ standings.
Surer, nonetheless, believes that’s solely a matter of time.
“Mick Schumacher didn’t truly drive in all three races,” Motorsport.com quotes him as having informed the Formel1.de YouTube channel. “Which means he couldn’t exploit Haas’ potential.
“He simply has to take care of this case from time to time slowly work his manner up.
“He’s somebody who learns, so I’m not anxious about that. He’ll catch up over the course of the season.”
And there’s a lot using on Schumacher having the ability to do exactly that.
The Ferrari younger driver is dreaming of at some point donning the Scuderia pink as his father Michael did for a decade, the German profitable 5 of his seven World titles with Ferrari.
However except Schumacher beats Magnussen, Surer doubts he’ll even get a look-in at Ferrari.
“He has to beat Magnussen, perhaps not each race,” stated the 70-year-old. “We all the time know that there are different elements that come into play.
“However Mick has to have the ability to beat Magnussen if he ever needs to be within the Ferrari. In any other case he’ll by no means didn’t get a seat.”
Schumacher, although, gained’t be stepping as much as Ferrari within the subsequent two seasons because the Scuderia have confirmed their line up via to the top of 2024.
The crew introduced on Thursday that Carlos Sainz had signed a brand new two-year extension that can see him stay Charles Leclerc’s team-mate for 4 years working.