Schumacher gives verdict on F1 switch as Haas stall over 2023 decision

Mick Schumacher drives his father’s Ferrari F2003-GA

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Mick Schumacher has addressed rumours linking him to an Audi F1 seat in the future as he battles to retain his current position with Haas. The German has received little in the way of assurances from team boss Guenther Steiner with just three Grands Prix remaining this season. 

Schumacher made his F1 debut with Haas last season, enduring a tough year as part of the slowest team on the grid. Performance has picked up in 2022 but the 23-year-old has struggled to keep pace with his more experienced team-mate, Kevin Magnussen. 

An unfortunate collection of crashes and points-less finishes have piled the pressure on Schumacher with the season drawing to a close. Steiner is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding whether the German will keep his seat for next year with Nico Hulkenberg also thought to be in the equation. 

In the meantime, Schumacher has addressed his current predicament, as well as speculation linking him to Audi, who will take their place on the F1 grid in 2026 after striking a deal with Sauber. 

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“You just have to put up with [the criticism],” Schumacher said. “We’re all at the limit here and the same applies to us drivers. If we’re not at the limit, we’ll be behind very quickly. Then my situation would be completely different. I’m the driver I am today because of all the situations I’ve been through.”

When asked about joining Audi in 2026 after CEO Markus Duesmann and project leader Adam Baker both talked up the prospect of recruiting a German driver, Schumacher responded: “I think it’s great that Audi is getting into Formula 1.

“It is a global company but a German brand. I hope this will bring many Germans back to Formula 1 and that we will have a home race again at some point. Of course it’s nice to hear that such a large group is looking for a German driver, but all of that is still a long way away.”

Schumacher’s name brings extra sparkle and publicity due to the exploits of his father, Michael, who is considered by some to be F1’s greatest of all time. The former Ferrari, Benetton and Mercedes star notched a staggering 91 wins during his own career, but son Mick is yet to get on the podium. 

With tension building, Haas boss Steiner admitted that a final decision should be made public before long. 

“We will get to a decision, hopefully soon,” he told The Mirror. “But nothing is decided 100 per cent yet. We are just going through the last details of what we have to sort out, and then we will make a decision.

“It’s a job I need to do. When it’s done, it’s always nice to tick things off the list. When you get something done you can then focus on the next thing. This is an important decision for the team, and there is enough to focus on [elsewhere] to get better.”

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