Sebastian Vettel adds further weight to Mick Schumacher being in ‘bad environment’ at Haas

Sam Cooper
Mick Schumacher with his arm around Sebastian Vettel. Austria July 2022

Mick Schumacher with his arm around his mentor Sebastian Vettel. Austria July 2022

Sebastian Vettel said Haas was a “bad environment” for Mick Schumacher and believes he can learn a lot from his third driver role at Mercedes.

Schumacher’s stint as a Formula 1 driver came to an end following the 2022 season as Haas declined the option of extending the German’s contract, instead opting to bring in the experienced Nico Hulkenberg.

High profile crashes and a lack of points return led to Schumacher’s departure in what was his first full-time driver role in the sport.

His entry into F1 was by no means easy with Haas choosing to forego their chances of success in 2021 meaning Schumacher had little to work with in his rookie campaign.

But his talent was put under the spotlight when Haas replaced former team-mate Nikita Mazepin with Kevin Magnussen who scored a P5 in his very first race back at the team.

From the outside at least, the relationship between Schumacher and his boss Guenther Steiner also seemed to deteriorate as time went on but the team principal did accept some of the blame lied with Haas.

Vettel, who is a close friend of Schumacher as well as his father Michael, believes the Haas situation was not the “best environment” for the young German to learn in.

“Michael Schumacher is my idol, that’s why I’ve known Mick for many years,” Vettel told ServusTV, as reported by Auto Bild. “Of course it’s a shame for him that his Formula 1 career won’t continue next year.

“He may be someone who needs a little more time to learn some things and also a good environment. I don’t think he had the best environment, so I wish he would come back in the future and find a better place in that sense.”

Schumacher will be back in 2023 as a third driver for Mercedes, his father’s former team, and Vettel believes it is an opportunity for him to harness his Formula 1 potential.

“It’s now up to him to work very hard and then come back stronger,” said Vettel who is 12 years Schumacher’s senior.

“Of course I hope he can do it, because he has the potential there, he undoubtedly has that.”

“It’s a completely different role. Of course third driver isn’t what you want because you don’t race then. But it’s okay because I think he has the opportunity to learn a lot from the team and the other drivers now.”

Schumacher and Vettel will again team up for the 2023 Race of Champions in what will be Vettel’s first racing appearance since his retirement from Formula 1.

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