“Ferrari chose Mick”- Guenther Steiner reveals that Haas didn’t choose Mick Schumacher and it was the Italian outfit which backed the German.
Mick Schumacher was confirmed by Haas as the new driver in the paddock. However, in the new revelation by Gunther Steiner, it has been revealed that Ferrari played a huge role in giving Schumacher a seat that even the team boss Gene Haas had no say in the final call.
”To have Schumacher in our team is, of course, an enormous honour and it causes a lot of interest from all over the world. You have to be able to deal with that because it can also turn against you.
However, we have to give him the best possible material so that we can work with Mick towards a bright future”, says Steiner according to Speedweek.com.
”I wanted a Formula 2 driver, not another class below because that risk is too great for me. Because of our cooperation with Ferrari, I talked to Mattia Binotto and asked if we could get someone from their training. But the names were not discussed,” says Steiner.
“Ferrari chose Mick” amidst the presence of others
The team principal of Haas further revealed that despite having the option of hiring either Robert Schwartzman and Callum Ilott, Ferrari pressed on Schumacher.
”Ferrari decided that Mick would be the one to be promoted from the juniors and of course that was fine for me”, concludes Steiner, who had to convince team owner to let two rookies start the 2021 season.
On the other hand, Callum Ilott, who is set to be second in Formula 2 this season is now having a shadow of doubt over his future in the motorsport, with all the spots full in the current number of teams.
Even though, three F2 drivers are set to make debut in F1 next season.