Mick: Ferrari a goal for many drivers, including me

Jamie Woodhouse
Haas driver Mick Schumacher smiling. Spain, February 2022.

Mick Schumacher, wearing a jacket and blue hat, smiles. Spain, February 2022.

Haas’ Mick Schumacher was diplomatic in confirming a seat with Ferrari is his ambition for the future.

Schumacher’s place in the Ferrari Driver Academy played a crucial role in opening up a space for him on the Formula 1 grid, with Ferrari striking a deal to send him to Haas for 2021.

Quickly he established dominance over fellow rookie team-mate Nikita Mazepin, leading to Haas agreeing terms to retain him for 2022.

And with that rookie season now in the history books Schumacher will step up his Ferrari involvement for 2022, sharing reserve driver duties with former Alfa Romeo racer Antonio Giovinazzi.

But looking into the future, it is still his intention to race for Ferrari as part of their starting line-up – an opportunity he believes many drivers strive to achieve.

“Ferrari is a goal for many drivers, and so it is for me,” he told RTL.

And it was his strong rookie campaign that proved to Ferrari he is on the right path and ready for the reserve driver opportunity.

“What I did last year was worth it. That teams see it, it’s a big step,” he said.

Mick Schumacher, Haas, with DRS open. Spain, February 2022.
Mick Schumacher, Haas, with DRS open down the main straight. Spain, February 2022.

The 2022 campaign marks the start of a new regulatory era in Formula 1, with sweeping changes paving the way for some unique interpretations when designing the new challengers.

Arguably no team has gone more daring and unique than Ferrari with the F1-75, a car Schumacher may well drive during the upcoming campaign should Carlos Sainz or Charles Leclerc be at any time unavailable.

On the Ferrari F1-75, Schumacher commented the car is “quite wide, yet it has a dent on top of the sideboard”.

“I haven’t seen that on any other car,” he added.

But the hope is Ferrari are not Schumacher’s only chance of experiencing some stand-out results in 2022.

Haas did not develop their 2021 challenger, the VF-21, at all in order to focus fully on the VF-22, which Schumacher and the team hope can be a regular points-scorer.

Since Haas propped up the 2021 Constructors’ standings, it means that alongside being the earliest team to switch their attention to 2022, they were also afforded the most time in the wind tunnel.

 

Pre-season running is now under way with the group shakedown in Barcelona, but Schumacher says the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix will determine their initial place in the pecking order.

“We’ll have to wait and see, the first race will show,” said Schumacher of his 2022 prospects.

 

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