‘Then we will make a decision,’ Guenther Steiner says decision on Mick Schumacher’s Haas future on ‘last details’
Mick Schumacher (Left) and Guenther Steiner (Right)
Guenther Steiner, Haas team principal, has been very open with his choices for the 2023 Haas lineup. Dealing with two rookies in 2021 and a pair of experienced and young blood in the team, Steiner very much understands his and his team’s needs for the next season. Currently, the pair of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher has done well for Haas if compared to the last few years.
Mick Schumacher started his F1 career in 2021, while he outperformed his teammate by quite a significant margin that year, in 2022, he struggled at the beginning. At the start of the 2022 season, Schumacher ruined a lot of cars, and crashes that cost the team millions. And this is part of the reason why Haas are taking so much time to extend his contract.
Guenther has clearly stated his intention for next season’s lineup to be an experienced one. As of now it’s still not confirmed if Mick Schumacher would stay on the grid for 2023 but the decision is coming soon: “We will get to a decision, hopefully soon. We are just going through the last details of what we have to sort out, and then we will make a decision,” said Steiner, talking to the Daily Mirror.
Guenther Steiner will consider his team for the decision
Guenther Steiner already has been very open about the decision and has not considered any opinion for the 2023 season. Steiner will wholly take it as a team decision and won’t let anything from outside affect any of it. He has been rather open about how much he rates Daniel Ricciardo, but that move is unlikely to go through. Nico Hulkenberg is another option, but Mick Schumacher may extend yet.
He says that it’s something he needs to get done, and then focus on the next thing: “It’s a job I need to do. When it’s done, it’s always nice to tick things off the list. When you get something done you can then focus on the next thing. This is an important decision for the team, and there is enough to focus on [elsewhere] to get better.”
Nico Hulkenberg left Formula 1 at the end of the 2019 season but could make it back into the grid as a Haas driver. Apart from Schumacher, Hulkenberg would seem like the frontrunner for the seat, considering his experience, and the rumours floating around. That is unless Daniel Ricciardo has a sudden change of heart.