When Mick Schumacher came into Formula 1, he could not have had bigger shoes to fill and it seems the youngster will not be given any more time to perform that feat.
Reports suggest that American-owned Formula 1 team Haas have made the decision to split with the son of Michael Schumacher following the Mexican Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old German driver was told by the team that only a run of points would be enough to let him keep his seat for next season.
During Saturday’s qualifying, Mick looked on course to at least put himself in a position to score points but he cut a corner and had his lap time deleted, resulting in a Q1 exit.
Mick’s uncle Ralf Schumacher, who also had a less than successful stint in Formula 1, claimed that his nephew has the pace to remain in Formula 1 but “such silly mistakes” shouldn’t happen.
“It even happened to Hamilton but that shouldn’t be an excuse. It’s a learning process, but he has to learn quickly,” Ralf told Sky Deutschland.
Rumours around the paddock suggest that former Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg will replace Schumacher for the 2023 season. The deal to bring Hulkunberg back on a permanent basis for the first time since 2019 could be announced before the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“We are just going through the last details of what we have to sort out, and then we will make a decision,” team boss Gunter Steiner said in Mexico.
“This is an important decision for the team and there is enough to focus on to get better.”
Another move for Haas could be replacing the Ferrari engine following several reliability issues this season.
“It should be okay now with the new power units that are coming in, and hopefully for next year, the problems are resolved because we had quite a few issues this year,” said Steiner.
“It is not completely out of our hands because we can go somewhere else but that may be a worse decision for us.”
Compiled by Dylan Bettencourt
Pictured above: Mick Schumacher
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