Mick Schumacher to be a Ferrari reserve driver next season alongside his regular seat with Haas as German continues to follow in his footsteps of famous F1 father Michael
- Mick Schumacher will hold a reserve driver role for Ferrari in next year’s F1 term
- The German will continue emulating his father – F1 and Ferrari legend Michael
- Schumacher made his F1 debut with Haas in 2021 and still has his regular seat
- Mick would be able to race for Ferrari in 11 of the 23 races if there is a drop out
- Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will remain as Ferrari’s main drivers in 2022
Mick Schumacher will double up as a Ferrari reserve driver next season while also having a regular race seat at Haas.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto told reporters that the German, son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, would be available to stand in at 11 of the record 23 scheduled races should Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz be unavailable.
Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who lost his place at Swiss-based Alfa Romeo this year but has secured a drive in Formula E, will be reserve for the 12 races that do not clash with the electric series.
Mick Schumacher will be a Ferrari reserve driver next season alongside his regular Haas spot
Mick (middle) will be following the footsteps of his famous F1 and Ferrari father Michael (right)
‘Whenever he (Giovinazzi) will be at the race track he will be our reserve driver,’ said Binotto. ‘And as well he will be available to our customer teams, so both Haas and Alfa Romeo.
‘For the remaining 11 races, Mick Schumacher will be reserve driver for Ferrari.’
Haas have their own official reserve in Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi, who stepped in twice in 2020 after Romain Grosjean’s fiery accident. Alfa Romeo also have Poland’s Robert Kubica in the role.
Ferrari-backed Schumacher made his Formula One debut this season, outperforming fellow-rookie Nikita Mazepin but neither scoring a point for a tail-end team devoting all their resources to the 2022 car.
Mick (above) raced for Ferrari in Formula Two and could step in for the Italian team in 2022
Binotto said Mick had improved through the season, in consistency and speed, and Ferrari’s support would continue with the simulator available at Maranello and Ferrari engineers working with him.
‘If I look at the last races he was a lot closer to the cars ahead while Haas didnât really develop the car at all,’ said the Ferrari boss.
Binotto said Giovinazzi would have a full programme of simulator work and suggested the Italian had a chance of returning to the starting grid full time in 2023.
‘There are I think 11 seats which will be free in 2023… 11 have contracts finishing at the end of 2022. So it is important for him as a driver to still be part of our F1 programme,’ he said.
Mick then made his Formula One debut with Haas, who had a disappointing season in 2021
Binotto said talks would start soon on a contract extension with Spaniard Sainz, who had a strong season with Ferrari after moving from McLaren, and he expected the discussion to be uncomplicated. Leclerc has a long-term contract.
The as-yet unnamed 2022 Ferrari car was going to plan and due to be launched between Feb 16-18.
Ferrari finished third overall in 2021, a big jump from sixth the previous season, and Binotto said the team were stronger than before. They are currently without a title sponsor but Binotto said talks were continuing with long-time partner Philip Morris International (PMI).
‘I think there are many opportunities on which we may cooperate with them, keeping them as partners. We have various options on the table at the moment and we are still talking with them,’ he said.
Binotto hoped to see Ferrari winning races again next year after a blank in 2021, and moving closer to Mercedes and Red Bull.
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