“He has got a contract with Ferrari” – Haas team principal Guenther Steiner explains the complication in tying down Mick Schumacher for the 2022 season.
Mick Schumacher is yet to sign on the dotted lines with Haas for 2022, he has confirmed. The German rookie is focused on his performance on the track currently and wants to wait until the summer break to take a call.
Being a Ferrari Driver Academy cadet, he has the option to continue with Haas or potentially join Alfa Romeo, Ferrari’s partner team.
“We have the summer shutdown coming soon and that is really when I will be completely on that and will focus on that.”
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) July 21, 2021
Guenther Steiner explains three-way delay
Haas boss Guenther Steiner was confident the deal will go through eventually. He explained the delay to be due to the involvement of Ferrari as a stakeholder of Schumacher.
“There are a few things which just needed to be sorted out. It’s a three-way contract obviously because he has got a contract with Ferrari. There need to be a few t’s crossed and a few i’s dotted and then we will get there.”
“Mick is right saying it is not signed but there is an agreement in place. But because of the three ways, it is always more difficult than a straightforward one-to-one contract.”
Haas is currently pointless and finds itself on the bottom of the Constructors’ Standings. They have shifted their focus on the 2022 season, when a horde of new regulations will come into play, including a new concept for the cars.