Formula 1 – Has Schumi jr. a chance at Ferrari?
There are several reasons for this. First: Schumacher, who is completing his second season in the premier class with Ferrari partner team Haas, still lacks the experience to dare to jump into the deep end of an absolute top team. “He has to drive somewhere else for another three years,” analyzes AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost at AUTO BILD.
The aim is still to finish in the points, “and”, Steiner is sure of that, “Mick will soon be able to do that too.”
But there is another problem for Schumacher when he dreams of a career in red: the contract situation at Ferrari. World Cup leader Leclerc has a contract until the end of 2025 and is the number 1 driver at Scuderia in a similar way to Mick’s father. Negotiations are currently underway with Carlos Sainz, whose contract expires at the end of this season. AUTO BILD learned: While the Spaniard wants a two-year contract, Ferrari tends towards a term of one year plus a unilateral option only for the team to extend the collaboration until the end of 2024.
However, experts such as ex-Formula 1 driver Marc Surer are certain: “Sainz basically does a very good job. He also gets along well with Leclerc. It makes no sense for Ferrari to change the driver pairing at short notice.”
Surer at least gives hope to the German fans who dream of a second Schumacher at Ferrari. Surer: “You don’t have to be a high achiever to be successful. Niki Lauda and Nico Rosberg are good examples. Both did not have the basic speed as in Lauda’s case, Alain Prost, or as in Rosberg’s Lewis Hamilton. Nevertheless, they were able to beat their teammates once and win the World Cup.”
Surer concludes: “Natural talent alone is not enough. The example of Jean Alesi shows this. He was considered a high-flyer when he got into Formula 1. In the end, however, he was only able to win one race in his career. Mick needs to be aware of his analytical skills and follow the path of Lauda and Rosberg. So he can recommend himself to Ferrari in the next few years.”