Sebastian Vettel hopes his compatriot Mick Schumacher, with whom he is good friends, will still be present on the starting grid in 2023.
The Haas F1 driver is yet to know what his future holds as transfer season heats up. The American team could extend it, especially if it has to repeat its performances at Silverstone and Austria, but Günther Steiner admitted to talking with many drivers who are currently free of any commitment, such as Daniel Ricciardo for example.
Alpine F1, where Esteban Ocon would welcome him with open arms, could also be an option for the German driver, but Vettel acknowledges that his friend’s complicated start to the season could harm him.
« I wish him more success in the remaining races. Unfortunately these days you are quickly judged by your latest results and there is a lack of foresight, » said the four-time world champion.
« Mick is someone who constantly learns, where others stop, he continues. It’s one of his great strengths. »
Vettel takes the opportunity to recall that after a thunderous start to the season, Haas F1 was now much less efficient, which does not help Schumacher to achieve convincing results.
« He didn’t have the start to the season he would have liked, but then he started a good momentum. You also have to take into account that his car is not as good as it was at the start of the year. « They don’t finish 5th or 6th like they used to, so it’s hard to stand out. But he’s doing a good job behind the scenes. I wish him well in a good car. »
Schumacher would be a free driver for 2023
According to several concordant sources, which Ferrari did not want to comment on officially today, Mick Schumacher is free from any contract with Ferrari and its Driver Academy at the end of the year. He can therefore freely continue with Haas F1 and Ferrari but also sign elsewhere.
He is reportedly in contact with Alpine F1 – but Pierre Gasly appears to be the No.1 favorite there – and also Williams, to replace Nicholas Latifi.