HAAS are reportedly set to sack Mick Schumacher with their sights reportedly set on a driver who already has experience of F1.
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Mick Schumacher is reportedly set to be axed by Haas at the end of the current F1 season, with veteran driver Nico Hulkenberg reportedly being targeted as his replacement.
So far this season, Schumacher has picked up just 12 points and the Daily Mail report that his current deal, which is due to expire in December, will not be extended by Haas. The 23-year-old is the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher and has been criticised by Haas boss Gunther Steiner over a lack of consistency.
“He has delivered very good races in Canada, Britain and Austria,” Steiner said of Schumacher’s performances this season. “But he lacks consistency – he would have to deliver strong performances more often.
“We are not in a hurry regarding the driver question and Mick still has chances to show what he can do. I’ve spoken to most of the drivers in question, that’s my job.
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Haas are reportedly set to sack Mick Schumacher (Image: GETTY)
“There is nothing concrete yet. In any case, we only want to take the smallest risk for the development of the team. You can take a big risk, which is great if it works out but bad if it doesn’t.
“There is nobody on the market from those (experienced drivers) who are currently driving. Except Danny [Ricciardo] maybe.
“His form is not great at the moment and we don’t know what he will do. Maybe he will take a year off. I’m talking to everybody, as I said.”
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Nico Hulkenberg is reportedly Haas’ No 1 target to replace Schumacher (Image: GETTY)
The report states that Hulkenberg is now Haas’ ‘No 1 target after he impressed as a Covid super-sub, scoring in two of his four appearances for Racing Point/Aston Martin when he filled in for corona-stricken drivers.’ Steiner has previously admitted Hulkenberg was under consideration as a potential replacement for Schumacher, telling Motorsport.com: “Everybody with a superlicence is on the list.
“I think he’s a candidate like all the other ones, because he’s got a superlicence, he has done F1, he has experience. I mean, there is nobody who is racing now that you could get if you wanted to change. We just have to see what is the best decision.”