Mick Schumacher to Haas: Outgoing driver Kevin Magnussen has spoken highly of potential Haas replacement Mick Schumacher.
If the rumour mill is to be believed, Mick Schumacher to Haas is a done deal. The son of the legendary Michael will move to the American team next season along with Nikita Mazepin. They will replace the outgoing pair of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.
Just waiting for Haas to announce Mick Schumacher…
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Magnussen was asked for his opinion on Schumacher Jr. being his replacement, and he gave the approval for it. The Dane clarified, however, that his opinion was not sought by Haas team owner Gene Haas or team principal Guenther Steiner. Magnussen revealed speaking to Mick and being impressed with his performances in F2, which has helped him to get on the Haas’ prospects list.
“I think depending on who they announce, there are some young drivers out there that really are good drivers. I think Schumacher has got to be on the list. I’d not know these things, neither Guenther nor Gene tell me any of this but I’m assuming that Schumacher is on the list. I’ve met him and talked to him and he seems like a very bright young lad and obviously, he’s a big talent, he’s leading the F2 championship and driving brilliantly.”
Magnussen suggests ‘pay driver’ concept is a myth
He also gave his opinion on the current buzzword in F1 – pay driver. According to him, no such thing exists as every driver brings with him a “commercial value”. There have been suggestions, no less from Grosjean, that Haas is looking for a new pair due to commercial constraints.
“It’s really difficult to define a pay driver because I think all drivers bring with them some sort of commercial value. Whether it is partners that the drivers have, that then follow them into the teams and support the teams if the driver is the right one.”