Marko would pick Shwartzman over Schu Jr

Date published: July 23 2020

Helmut Marko would pick Robert Shwartzman over Mick Schumacher

Ferrari should put Robert Shwartzman in the Alfa Romeo next season, rather than Mick Schumacher, says Helmut Marko.

This year’s Formula 2 championship got off to a delayed start at the Red Bull Ring but that did little to throw rookie drive Shwartzman off his stride.

Reigning Formula 3 champion graduated to Formula 2, joining Schumacher at Prema Racing.

But while Schumacher is in his second season with the team, it is Shwartzman who has emerged as the faster of the two team-mates.

The Russian driver has two victories to his name, taking the chequered flag in the feature race at the Styrian Grand Prix and then using an alternate tyre strategy to win the Hungarian Grand Prix feature race.

With three podiums in total, he was also P3 on his debut at the Austrian GP, he is leading the Drivers’ standings on 81 points, 18 ahead of fellow Ferrari Driver Academy man Callum Ilott.

Schumacher, who bagged back-to-back third places in the two Hungarian races, is fourth with 39 points.

Red Bull advisor Marko says if he was the only deciding which Ferrari youngster should step up to Alfa Romeo next season, he would choose Shwartzman.

The Austrian about F1-Insider.com: “He is intelligent, fast, tyre-protecting, very special.

“If I were Ferrari, I would put him in the Alfa next year.”

Mattia Binotto, though, looks to be leaning towards Schumacher if Ferrari decides to replace Antonio Giovinazzi at Alfa Romeo.

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“Mick drives well, better than last year,” said the Ferrari team boss.

“It is important that he shows progress in his second Formula 2 season.

“He performed well in Hungary but it is still too early to make decisions for next year.”

As for Schumacher, the son of Ferrari legend Michael, says his first main aim right now is to be a “top driver” in the Formula 2 championship.

“I want to be one of the top drivers in Formula 2,” he said. “My goal is to be a complete racing driver.”

He has, however, stated in the past that he dreams of one day following his father’s footsteps into Formula 1.

“Sure, I think about it,” he told Autoweek.com. “That’s my dream. It’s where I want to go, and that’s where I want to basically live my life.”

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