Formula 1 | Haas cuts ties with Mick Schumacher to replace Nico Hulkenberg

Michael’s son Mick Schumacher will not return to Haas, the American Formula 1 team announced, adding hours later that another German driver, Nico Hulkenberg, would replace him.

With four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel already announcing his retirement at the end of the campaign and Schumacher having just been dropped from the Haas team, motorsport’s queen series could find itself without a representative German next season. However, Haas chose Hulkenberg, a veteran with 181 Formula 1 careers.

Hülkenberg was last a full-time driver for Renault in 2019, and has been selected as reserve driver for two races in 2020 and two more this season. He joined forces with Vettel, who missed the first two races of the campaign with Aston Martin after testing positive for COVID-19. Hulkenberg finished 12the in Saudi Arabia.

Although the 35-year-old German won a top position in his rookie season in 2010, he has never won a podium in his F1 career.

“I’m very happy to be at the wheel permanently at Haas in 2023,” Hulkenberg said in a press release sent by the team. I feel like I’ve never been out of F1. I’m happy to have the opportunity to do what I love most in the world again, and I want to thank Gene Haas and (team manager) Günter Steiner for their trust. »

Steiner announced Schumacher’s departure a few hours ago.

In his statement, he said, “I would like to thank Mick Schumacher for his contribution to the team over the last two years.

Minutes after the announcement, Schumacher wrote on Twitter that he was disappointed by the decision but hoped to return to Formula 1.

The announcement of the still-uncertain final Formula 1 driver for the 2023 season came as no surprise, as Gene Haas told The Associated Press in October that Schumacher was willing to score points in the final four races to keep his job.

“Mick’s future will be decided by Mick. If he wants to stay with us, he needs to show that he can get a few more points. That’s what we’re waiting for, Haas said. I think Mick has a lot of potential, but he costs a fortune and has broken a few cars that cost a lot of money that we don’t have. »

The 23-year-old German Haas has not scored a single point in three races since his public appearance, and his best result is 13 points.e position, achieved last week in Brazil. His 12 points make him 16the Rank of 20 permanent drivers in Formula 1.

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