Stories are rife that Mick Schumacher may well be replaced within the team next year, though he does still have the chance to try and win a stay with the team in the final races of the campaign.
Indeed, Mick is also being linked with a potential switch to Alpine, though he is far from the only driver in that particular frame, and it is clear that the driver market for next season is far from sorted as things stand.
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Both Nico Hulkenberg and Antonio Giovinazzi have been touted as potential successors to Mick’s seat for 2023, meanwhile, and, naturally, Magnussen has been asked for his thoughts about the situation, though he has kept his counsel well.
When asked what Haas need in terms of a driver for next year, he said:
“[It’s pretty obvious.]
“Of course, we need fast drivers and drivers that are consistent, can score points, can help drive the team forward.
“Right now we have me and Mick and it’s not going too badly, so I don’t really have any strong opinions either way.
“It’s up to Guenther [Steiner] and, of course, the management to sort that one out.”
Haas and Mick Schumacher’s options for 2023
If Haas and Mick do part ways, both at least have options to turn to.
Haas are believed to want to bring in more experience if they do decide to let Mick go and, therefore, it’s little shock to see both Hulkenberg and Giovinazzi touted as the men that could come in, with Giovinazzi driving the Haas during FP1 at the Italian Grand Prix last time out.
Schumacher has an ally in Esteban Ocon in the battle for the Alpine seat, meanwhile, with the Frenchman saying that he’d love to have the German as a partner next year, though Pierre Gasly and Nyck de Vries are both seen as more likely options for the second drive at the French/British team for 2023.
There is clearly a lot more to sort out in terms of the driver market for next season, then, with half of the grid still having at least one seat available for next year, and the intrigue and speculation around it all does not appear to be budging any time soon.