On the balance of it, things may not be looking that great for Mick Schumacher. It was announced that he would be leaving the Ferrari stable of drivers at the end of 2022 in what is said to be the natural end of his contract according to Adam Cooper over at Motorsport.
Mick has enjoyed a robust and full-throated support effort from Sebastian Vettel this year and perhaps the two could see the writing on the wall with the Veteran Vettel trying to create some support and buzz around Mick’s future in F1.
On one hand you can say that Mick has had a series of incidents and crashes that hasn’t flattered his time at Haas F1 and his inconsistency has most likely left him out of a seat at the US-owned team for 2023.
On the other hand, many young drivers have these incidents and it takes time to develop or at least that’s the notion but if you thought he may go to Sauber Alfa Romeo, Zho Guanyu is also a rookie and hasn’t suffered the same amount of crashes or inconsistency so I’m not sure there is room at the team for Mick as a Zho replacement.
It is rumored that Antonio Giovinazzi is the driver to replace Mick at Haas and that surprises me as I’m not sure they are gaining much given his performance at Sauber Alfa Romeo.
Alpine and Williams have seats but many believe Pierre Gasly may be in line for the former leaving Williams and some suggest Logan Sergeant may be the man for that team. Alpha Tauri seems to be eyeing Colton Herta over Schumacher so this leaves a big question…where does Mick go? Losing the Ferrari backing is a massive blow.
Williams seems the most likely to entertain his presence there but perhaps Mick will take a year out as a reserve driver. I find it odd that Ferrari wouldn’t retain him in such a reserve role as they have kept Daniil Kyat and Giovinazzi. Time will tell.