Mick Schumacher is more worried than ever about his future in Formula 1. There are now only five cockpits left for the 2023 season. The German is not considered a favorite in any of these places.
How are you? What is the chance that Mick Schumacher will still be driving in Formula 1 in 2023? What cockpit can he still hope for, what path is almost certainly blocked? sport.de provides an overview:
Haas: The Schumacher signs say goodbye
The latest statements from team boss Günther Steiner allow only one conclusion: Mick Schumacher is nothing more than a B-solution for Haas. In the “RTL/ntv” interview, the South Tyrolean assessed the chances of the German staying at “Fifty-Fifty”. Meaning: If the team finds a more suitable pilot, Mick is out.
According to Steiner, Schumacher still has his future with the American team in his own hands. But even if the 23-year-old can convince those responsible in the last race of the season, the relationship would be permanently strained after the stalemate.
Steiner speaks vaguely of a “gut feeling” that will be decisive in the end. This feeling has obviously not fully convinced him of Schumacher so far. It is quite unlikely that this will change.
Alfa Romeo: Schumacher without an economic ace up his sleeve
On Thursday, Alfa published an announcement on 27 September. There are strong indications that the racing team will confirm its driver pairing for the 2023 season on this day. There is even more to suggest that Guanyu Zhou will continue to be a part of this pairing. It would also put Mick out of business here.
Zhou already confirmed similar talks with team management a week ago. At the same time, Cedric Vasseur raved about the Chinese, who didn’t do everything right in his first year, but didn’t do much wrong either.
It can only be speculated to what extent Zhou’s commitment is also worth financially to the racing team. There are no official figures on sponsorship money flowing from the Middle Kingdom. But they will certainly make Vasseur and Co.’s decision easier. Mick Schumacher does not have that ace up his sleeve.
Williams: Schumacher just one of many candidates
Williams revealed her worst-kept secret this week and finally officially split from Nicholas Latifi. Without the Canadian, the team saves a lot of repair costs, but without him, a few sponsorship millions are missing from the coffers.
The clear favorite to succeed him is Nyck de Vries, who knows the team and recently publicly courted team boss Jost Capito. However, the Dutchman is also high on the list of other teams.
American Logan Sargeant also figures in the British racing team’s considerations. He would be Williams’ direct ticket to the US market, whose potential seems almost limitless.
And Mick Schumacher? He was recently praised effusively by Capito and is certainly one of the candidates. However, there are so many names ahead of him on the list that the German is little more than an outsider from the cockpit.
AlphaTauri: No way to Red Bull
Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri cockpit is one that many drivers would like to have. Mick Schumacher is one of them. But according to media reports, the German will not get the place.
After the anger over the American Colton Herta, Nyck de Vries is the top candidate who could inherit Gasly. Talks between the Dutchman and Helmut Marko have already taken place. But the Frenchman is still firmly in the harness with Red Bull’s B team.
Should AlphaTauri come to the conclusion that there is no better driver on the market than Gasly, they will keep the Frenchman for another year, buying time to look for a replacement.
Alpine: Clear focus on Gasly
Alpine has what is perhaps the most attractive free cockpit to offer for the 2023 Formula 1 season. The French are currently number one in midfield, so the place next to Esteban Ocon is in high demand.
Schumacher also wants to try his luck there. But the German would not be more than a B solution here either. The team wants Pierre Gasly and will do some things to get the AlphaTauri driver.
Rumors of a possible Schumacher commitment recently died down as quickly as they arose. After it was initially said that Mick would take part in the Alpine tests in Hungary, the team immediately denied it. A clear sign that Schumacher does not actually play a role in the deliberations.
Ferrari: Mick’s best chance
In the end, the move back to the second tier could be Schumacher’s best chance to stay in Formula 1. It cannot be ruled out that Ferrari will step in and pick up the 23-year-old as a replacement driver.
It certainly wouldn’t be Mick’s ideal solution, but he would at least have a foot in the door – much more is hardly possible at the moment.