Haas boss Gunther Steiner has warned Mick Schumacher that there is a 'queue of drivers' ready to take his seat in Formula One with pressure on the young German increasing.
Schumacher looked set for a first points finish in F1 last time out in Miami but saw the opportunity slip away following a collision with compatriot Sebastian Vettel.
That has increased the pressure upon Mick, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, and he has struggled alongside the experienced Kevin Magnusson this season, who replaced Nikita Mazepin following his dismissal from the team after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Steiner has made the situation clear for Schumacher by warning him that a 'queue of drivers' are ready to take his spot in F1 if he doesn't improve.
"You don't have forever in Formula 1. There is a queue of drivers who want to drive in your place. I am sure that Mick is aware that no one will wait for him. He's working very hard at it, but it's very difficult. Formula 1 is not an easy business but I do see Mick going in the right direction."
Schumacher's task at Haas is made harder due to the team's limited budget following the departure of title sponsors Uralkali, who were dismissed after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and Haas are not utilising upgrades in Barcelona unlike many of their rivals.
"We have a plan as to why we're doing this. We're not just copying or reacting to what others are doing," Steiner said, adding that it's likely a 'nice package' will be introduced prior to the French Grand Prix.
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Despite his struggles, Schumacher is backed to have a long history in Formula One and is closely tied to Ferrari, where his father won numerous world titles, as a reserve driver and part of their Driver Academy.
As one of only two full-time drivers on the grid yet to secure a point in Formula One alongside Williams' Nicolas Latifi, another young driver who is under pressure and has faced speculation regarding his future with the team.
While Schumacher's future does look tied to Ferrari, both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc are tied with the Scuderia until 2025 and the German driver will likely have to maintain his spot elsewhere on the grid until then.
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