Ferrari in talks with Haas to confirm Schumacher
Mattia Binotto is in talks with Haas about Mick schumacher with a view to keeping the German in the US team for a second season.
Although Haas has all but confirmed Nikita Mazepin for 2022, team boss Guenther Steiner said details have yet to be worked out regarding Schumacher.
As a member of Ferrari’s Driver Academy, Scuderia is patron of the 22-year-old, Binotto placing Schumacher in the Haas squad this season.
The German had a mixed first half of the season, the victim of two heavy falls during the final tests which prevented him from taking part in qualifying, but still ahead of his teammate in the standings.
Schumacher has a better P12 result on the board, achieving this at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Binotto told Gazzetta dello Sport: “This year has been more difficult for the Ferrari Driver Academy, but you have to give the children time to grow up.
“Mick Schumacher’s first season is an apprenticeship, no pressure, and we’re talking to Haas to confirm that there.”
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Binotto hopes Ferrari’s other junior in Formula 1, Antonio Giovinazzi, can also keep its racing seat with Alfa Romeo for next season.
“Giovinazzi remains our reserve driver, the first alternative to regular drivers,” he said.
“He shows growth every year and I hope he can stay with Alfa, he deserves it.”
As for his own Ferrari team drivers, Binotto reiterated that he thinks Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are the “best” roster on the grid.
The duo, who placed sixth and fifth respectively in PlanetF1’s top 10 for the first half of this season, have scored 163 points with both getting a final result.
Sainz was P2 in Monaco and Leclerc finished second in the British Grand Prix.
“I am convinced that with Leclerc and Sainz we have the best duo in F1,” said Binotto. “They are talented, fast and young, a guarantee for the future.
“We know Charles, he grew up in our academy, we have no doubts about his abilities. Without the accidents in qualifying in Monte Carlo and at the start of Hungary, in which he was also unlucky, he would have one more victory and a second place.
“He grew up in the vision of the race and in the management of the tires. He has great potential.
“Carlos didn’t surprise me. Before taking it, we analyzed its characteristics: it is concrete, it brings points to the team and it is clear in the communication with the engineers. He is integrating and understanding the machine better and better.
“In the second half of the season, I expect him to have a perfect weekend, without mistakes in qualifying, at the start or in the race.”