Mick Schumacher says he understands Ferrari’s determination to increase Carlos Sainz’s contract – and insists it adjustments nothing for him.
As a member of their academy, the German is predicted to be subsequent in line for a race seat with the Scuderia, which might imply emulating his father, Michael Schumacher, who loved a golden period with the group when he received 5 of his seven Drivers’ World Championships between 2000 and 2004.
However that prospect seems to be a good manner off, particularly after Ferrari selected so as to add one other two years to Sainz’s deal following his sturdy begin since becoming a member of them in 2021.
Though but to win an F1 race, the Spaniard outscored his team-mate Charles Leclerc in his first marketing campaign with the Italian giants and has achieved two podium finishes in three makes an attempt this time period – ending instantly behind his colleague every time.
Due to this fact, until one thing goes amiss for Sainz or Leclerc, with the latter at present main the World Championship by 34 factors, it will likely be 2025 earlier than Schumacher, who’s in his second season with Haas, can have any concepts about displacing both driver.
Not that information of Sainz’s prolonged keep has come as any shock to the 23-year-old former F2 champion.
“I feel it was anticipated in some ways,” Schumacher informed Sky Germany. “After all, Carlos did a mega job final 12 months so he deserves it.
“For me, it doesn’t imply something totally different than ordinary. I do my job right here (at Haas), attempting my greatest, and the alternatives will come.”
The choice to make Mick wait will definitely be applauded by AlphaTauri group principal Franz Tost, who has had shut connections with the Schumacher household courting again to when Michael and his brother Ralf have been breaking by means of into F1.
Tost stated lately of Mick: “He has to drive elsewhere for one more three years.
“System 1 is extraordinarily difficult in the present day. A driver wants no less than three years of studying to drive on the high stage. A George Russell or a Charles Leclerc additionally wanted that point.
“He first has to beat his team-mate Kevin Magnussen persistently at Haas and attempt to obtain success with Haas. That’s his job now and nothing else.”
Complementing Tost’s view is the obvious goal for Schumacher with the extra aggressive Haas automotive he’s driving in 2022 – a primary F1 factors end, which certainly can’t be far-off.
His subsequent likelihood comes on this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.