Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto confirmed that the long-term aim for Mick Schumacher in Formulation 1 is to have him competing for Ferrari like his father did.
2018 Formulation 3 European champion and reigning Formulation 2 champion Mick Schumacher is about to make the leap to Formulation 1 in 2021 competing for Haas, which launched each Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen after the 2020 season.
Schumacher, who made his Formulation 2 debut in 2019 and competed for Prema Racing in each 2019 and 2020, signed with the Ferrari Driver Academy just some months earlier than his rookie season in Formulation 2.
That instantly turned the narrative as to whether or not he might comply with in his father Michael’s footsteps and compete for Ferrari on the sport’s prime stage at some point.
With him now set compete in Formulation 1 all through the upcoming season, that narrative remains to be totally intact.
In reality, Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto is totally embracing it.
Whereas not all drivers who get the chance to develop into members of the Ferrari Driver Academy find yourself competing for the Scuderia, the Ferrari Driver Academy exists for one purpose.
It has nothing to do with merely getting drivers to Formulation 1. It has every part to do with getting drivers to Ferrari.
Here’s what crew principal Mattia Binotto needed to say concerning the matter, in keeping with Motorsport.
“The FDA [Ferrari Driver Academy) program is not there to develop drivers for F1, it is there to develop drivers that one day may drive a Ferrari seat, a red car. I think that when you move from F2 and you jump into the F1, the very first year cannot be directly in a red car, because that will be too much responsibility and not enough experience.
“I’m really expecting him to prove how fast he is in an F1 context, both in qualifying and race. But even more than that, to prove that he is very strong in the race pace, and consistent in terms of bringing the car home in a good position in the race. Carlos [Sainz Jr.] is superb in that. Usually he’s even ending in a greater place in comparison with the qualifying, so that’s what chances are you’ll anticipate from a driver, and what I’m anticipating from Mick within the subsequent two years.”
Mick’s father competed for Ferrari from 1996 to 2006 and received 5 consecutive world championships from 2000 by 2004. He received 72 races alongside the best way. No different driver, save for fellow seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, has received greater than 53 races, interval, a lot much less with a single crew.
Ferrari signed Charles Leclerc to an extension final winter than runs by the 2024 season, they usually signed Carlos Sainz Jr. to a two-year deal because the substitute for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel starting within the upcoming season.
So the earliest for Schumacher to leap to one of many purple automobiles can be in 2023, and that’s if we write off Sainz, which might be foolish earlier than he ever even competes for the Italian crew.
However Schumacher is signed to Haas on a multi-year deal already, that means he’ll attempt to do what he has accomplished in a lot of his previous racing sequence: be taught as a lot as he can and achieve as a lot expertise as attainable in his rookie season, and go for the upper leads to 12 months quantity two.
With Haas already successfully dropping out for 2021 concerning automotive improvement as they put together for the brand new guidelines and rules to be launched in 2022, this matches Schumacher’s type completely.
If he can try this like he did within the ADAC Formulation 4 Championship, the FIA Formulation 3 European Championship and Formulation 2, don’t be shocked to see him understand his dream and find yourself behind the wheel for the Maranello-based crew at some point.
Schumacher is about to make his Haas Formulation 1 debut this Sunday, March 28 within the Bahrain Grand Prix. ESPN is about to broadcast this race reside from Bahrain Worldwide Circuit starting at 11:00 a.m. ET.