Formula 1 | Will Giovinazzi replace Schumacher at Haas F1?
F1’s game of musical chairs for 2023 continues to unfold. While the case around Oscar Piastri is awaiting legal disputes between the driver and Alpine, other pieces seem to be falling into place.
Rumors of Mick Schumacher joining Alpine F1 have been growing in recent weeks, and Haas F1’s decision to place Antonio Giovinazzi in EL1 at Monza and Austin later in the season has added momentum. to those paddock noises.
Günther Steiner, the director of Haas F1, assured that Ferrari had made the request to give running time to its third driver, but one can not help thinking that the American team is already starting to prospect for a replacing Schumacher.
Timo Glock is not ruling out Schumacher leaving Haas, and he believes his young compatriot’s recent results will soon secure his future in Formula 1.
« He really did very good races during the weekends before the summer break » Glock rating from Sky Deutschland. « You can see a progression now, and as long as that development is there, it’s very positive. »
« That’s why I’m confident we’ll see Mick back in Formula 1 in 2023. We’ll have to wait and see where that is, and I’m curious myself. »
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Glock questions the need for Haas to replace Schumacher with a driver who would bring in the budget, although Gene Haas said earlier this year that Uralkali’s departure was not a cause for concern for his team.
« The question is whether Haas is interested in a contract extension with Mick or if he needs a driver who brings the money with him. Remember, Haas lost a solid financier in Nikita Mazepin, so the issue of the financial situation there is a question mark. It could be critical for Mick’s future. »
Schumacher started following Laurent Rossi, the CEO of Alpine, on social media. This obviously fueled rumors of a signing that would already be recorded, but Glock does not see in this an obvious sign of contact between the German driver and the French team.
« I wouldn’t want to read too much into that. Maybe it’s a small indication that they are having conversations. I don’t see a date when a decision needs to be made, it just depends on how long the negotiations are. If he negotiates and they agree, it can happen quickly. »
Glock wants to be reassuring about Schumacher, and in particular his resilience: « Uncertainty can of course affect a driver, but it also shows how strong a driver is mentally. What we’ve seen lately is that Mick hasn’t let that deter him. weren’t there at first, he waited for his chance. »