Mick Schumacher will combine his race seat at Haas in 2022 with a role as Ferrari’s reserve driver, taking him one step closer following in his father Michael Schumacher’ footsteps of becoming a Ferrari F1 Team driver.
The 22-year-old German will share the responsibility of the Ferrari reserve position with former Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi.
Giovinazzi will hold the role at 12 of the calendar races while Schumacher will fill in at the other 11 when the Italian is racing in Formula E.
The responsibility of the reserve driver is that he stands in for the regular drivers if they are unable to race, due to any unforseen circumstances, aswel as putting the car through its paces during the practice sessions of a race weekend.
If Schumacher was required by Ferrari his race seat at Haas would be taken by Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi.
Giovinazzi was unfortunate to lose his seat in F1 at the end of the season after three years with Alfa Romeo. He will also be available to Ferrari’s customer teams Haas and Alfa Romeo.
Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto comments
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto commented on Schumacher, the son of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher:
“He is a Ferrari driver. We should not forget that. He has been part of the academy and the reason we have an academy is to identify who can be the next Ferrari driver for the future.”
“If I look at the last races he was a lot closer to cars ahead even though Haas did not really develop the car at all,” Binotto said. “So the fact he was closer showed he had good improvement on the speed itself.”
Binotto, was speaking at Ferrari’s pre-Christmas news conference, and was full of praise for Schumacher’s performances in his debut season with Haas in 2021.
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