Mick Schumacher (right) could inherit Sebastian Vettel (left) in the Aston Martin in 2023. Credit: James Moy Photography/PA Images / James Moy
In the end there were again no points for Mick Schumacher in Canada. It had looked so good after qualifying on Saturday: Schumacher started on Sunday from the third row in sixth place. Career best for the 23-year-old. In addition, a good template for the next milestone: the first world championship points in his career.
Schumacher out on lap 20 – Haas goes away empty-handed despite great qualifying
But once again nothing came of it: In lap 20, Schumacher surprisingly had to steer his car into the run-off zone. Part of the Motor Generating Units (i.e. the engine) had probably failed and made it impossible to continue the race. “We had to stop the car because otherwise more would have broken down,” explained the German after the end of the race.
Mick Schumacher (centre) hasn’t scored points at Haas in a year and a half.Image: HIGH TWO / HIGH TWO
Particularly annoying for the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, “because we had the pace to score points.” In fact, Schumacher was in seventh place when he was suddenly eliminated. “I think today would have been the day,” he was annoyed about the missed opportunity afterwards.
The situation was similar for Schumacher’s teammate Magnussen. Despite starting next to Schumacher, he wasn’t able to score any points either. Already in the first lap it crashed between him and Lewis Hamilton. The race organizers sentenced Magnussen to a pit stop because a part of his car was loose and endangering the other drivers. In the end, the Dane was the last driver to cross the finish line.
Schumacher’s enormous accident costs: Haas boss Steiner has had enough
While Schumacher didn’t make any driving mistakes this time, there was again no opportunity for him to shine. Precisely because of his accidents and the numerous and expensive damage to the car, he has been under pressure for some time.
The Dutch F1 website “F1 maximaal” calculated last year that no other driver caused as much accident damage in 2021 as he did. According to this, the Schumacher crashes cost the Haas team around 4,212,500 euros last year.
Haas team boss Günther Steiner has been demanding less damage to the car since the Grand Prix in Azerbaijan Image: HIGH TWO / HIGH TWO
As “tz” Now reported, Haas team boss Günther Steiner has had enough since the beginning of July. Accordingly, he wanted to remove the German pilot from the list of drivers at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, Ferrari had vetoed it.
Mick Schumacher before change, successor to Sebastian Vettel?
The “Scuderia” is allowed to name one of the two Haas drivers every year and continues to insist on young hope Mick Schumacher. However, Ferrari will probably not have a free car for the 23-year-old for the time being.
The Italians could also force Haas on Schuhmacher in the coming year. After all, Steiner recently stated publicly that the alleged dispute between him and his pilot had been “inflated” from the outside. “We just laugh about it now,” he explained “car motor and sport”.
Former world champion Sebastian Vettel could end his career in the fall.Image: imago images / imago images
In view of the difficult vehicle and the recent increase in technical problems, a change would also make sense for Mick Schumacher. According to media reports, he is an option for Aston Martin. The British therefore want to expand on the German market. In the event of Vettel’s withdrawal at the end of the year, Schuhmacher could inherit him. Ideally, he will have already scored his first championship points.
It actually looked good for Mick Schumacher. In a strong qualifying he had secured 6th place on the grid and there was great hope that he would finally secure his first World Championship points in Montréal. But after just 20 laps, the Canadian Grand Prix was history for the Haas driver this season. The reason for this should upset Schumacher bitterly.