Mick Schumacher says his future is “still very open” despite rumours he could be confirmed by Alfa Romeo on Friday morning.
Leading the Formula 2 championship with two rounds remaining, many are predicting that Schumacher, the son of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, will be promoted to Formula 1 next season.
The 21-year-old is a Ferrari junior driver, paving the way for him to join one of the Ferrari-powered teams, Alfa Romeo or Haas.
It is Hinwil that is believed to be his destination with reports claiming Alfa Romeo could confirm him as Kimi Raikkonen’s 2021 team-mate as early as Friday.
Spanish sources claim the driver has signed a one-year deal for next season.
Schumacher downplayed it.
“The future is still very open,” he told Sky Germany.
“In the end I still have to drive my Formula 2 season. That is my full focus.
“Of course my dream is to get into Formula 1. When that will happen, we still have to see.”
Aksed if there was a timeframe for a decision, he replied: “I can’t really answer that yet.
“Formula 2 is going quite well so it could be interesting.”
Schumacher will drive for Alfa Romeo in Friday’s first practice at the Eifel Grand Prix.
One person who wants to see Schumacher enter Formula 1 next season is his compatriot, Sebastian Vettel.
The Ferrari driver, who has often spoke about the youngster’s father being his hero, reckons Schumacher has what it takes to succeed at the very top of motor racing.
“His character is in this sense even more impressive than the results,” Vettel said.
“I think you should not put too much weight on him. He is a great guy. With this attitude, approach, calmness and maturity, I believe he will succeed a lot in the next years.”
He added: “Michael is my hero. First and foremost, we would all like to have him here so that he can see his son take the next step. This is the biggest thing we’re missing.
“But it’s good that Mick is getting his chance. Hopefully next year with a seat.”