Ferrari won’t wait for finale to promote F2 driver

Date published: October 31 2020 - Michelle Foster

Mick Schumacher

Ferrari will announce which of its young drivers will step up into Formula 1 next year before the Formula 2 season finale.

With Alfa Romeo having confirmed that both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with the team next season, Ferrari is expected to put one of its young drivers into a Haas race seat.

The question is which driver.

Mick Schumacher is believed to be leading the running as he tops the Formula 2 championship standings, however, some reports claim Callum Ilott could join him in all-rookie line up.

Binotto says as yet Ferrari has not decided which of its drivers, the list also including Robert Shwartzman, will be promoted.

It is, however, only likely to be “one” of them.

“There is not space for all of them,” the team boss told Autosport.

“I think they are all doing well in F2 at the moment, if we are considering Mick, Callum and Robert.

“They have got the season to finish, and they are all focused on the next race in Bahrain. They are challenging for the championship, which is very important for them.

“They will have an opportunity to run in FP1 in Abu Dhabi, and then they have the young driver test still in Abu Dhabi.

“But we will make our own decision and the decision will be done on what they have done so far, how they have developed and their potential.

“Our objective is not to bring them in F1, it is to bring them one day on Scuderia Ferrari, on the red car, and whatever will be path to achieve, that is less important.

“So there will be eventually one of those drivers that can have a seat in F1 next year.

“The others may have other opportunities, but that is down to us to organise it and to give them all of them an opportunity.”

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Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott

Binotto added that Ferrari intended making a decision sooner rather than later, saying it would be done before the end of the season.

He added: “I don’t think we will wait for the final race in Bahrain, and for Abu Dhabi.

“I think it is something we may decide in the next couple of weeks.”

Should Ferrari and Haas only agree to hand one Ferrari junior a race seat, the second Haas seat will reportedly go to Nikita Mazepin.

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