Haas confirm Mazepin and Schumacher for 2022

Date published: September 23 2021 - Jon Wilde

Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher in conversation. Silverstone July 2021

Haas have confirmed Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will remain as their driver line-up for a second season in 2022.

The news comes as no surprise, with the intention always having been for Haas to blood the two rookies this year with a view to them having the experience to make a bigger impact in a better car next season.

The American-owned team opted not to upgrade this year’s car in order to focus all development on their 2022 challenger, when Formula 1’s new regulations are introduced and they hope to make a leap up the order.

As expected, Haas have been racing at the back of the pack all season, with Schumacher and Mazepin the only regular drivers yet to have scored a point.

Their partnership has also been punctuated by disagreements sparked by on-track incidents, usually a result of Schumacher becoming frustrated at Mazepin’s actions.

The news was announced by the team on the eve of Mazepin’s home race weekend, the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

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“We knew we wanted continuity behind the wheel in 2022 and I’m happy to confirm exactly that with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin competing for Uralkali Haas F1 Team next year,” said Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.

“2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn Formula 1 and as rookies, they have done a lot of that this year.

“It’s been a tough season for sure with the package we’ve had, but at the same time they have both embraced the challenge and worked closely with the team to learn our processes and adapt to the rigours of a Formula 1 campaign and all that brings, both internally and externally.

“Now, as we look ahead to the 2022 season, we are confident we can move forward as a team and give Mick and Nikita a competitive race package to make the next step in their Formula 1 careers.”

 

Schumacher, who also remains part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, said: “By being part of the Formula 1 field, I am living my dream. The first year together with Haas F1 is very exciting and instructive, and I’m sure I can bring all the experience I’ve gained into the coming year.

“New technical regulations, the impressive ambition of the entire Haas F1 team and the support of Ferrari – of course I believe this will bring us closer to the field in the 2022 season and we will be able to fight for points.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a team that is getting stronger, and I’ll do everything I can from my side to move us forward.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for the trust they continue to give me and the support they have shown me over the years.”

Mazepin added: “I’m very excited for next year, for the new car and simply just to get the opportunity with Haas F1 Team and grow together with them. I think we will come out strong next year.”

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