Despite Mick Schumacher securing his first points ahead of Formula 1’s summer break, rumors continue to circulate in the paddock that his seat at Haas may be in jeopardy.
There are even reports that the Team Principal of Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, is not convinced about Schumacher and their support for the young driver may be waning.
As part of their power unit relationship, Haas have an agreement with Ferrari that they have to field one of Ferrari’s juniors. For the past couple of seasons, that junior has been Schumacher – however, reports from RTL have stated he may lose his Haas seat after Haas called a halt to their negotiations with the driver.
For Haas the situation is purely business, with Alonso signing for Aston Martin there are few open seats on the grid. As a result, Haas believes they hold the upper hand in any negotiations.
In an interview with Racer, the Team Principal of Haas Guenther Steiner said “No, we don’t have to wait to see what Ferrari says. We never decide on the driver before the summer break and we will not do so this year.”
“Obviously I will start to speak with Gene Haas over the summer break…we will tell you some time at the end of September or October what we are doing, and the same will be happening this year hopefully.”
However, a report from Bild also claims that Schumacher may not have Ferrari’s full support. The reports states “Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto is not fully convinced by Schumi Jr.”
When asked for his opinion on this situation, Steiner said “I don’t want to speak about our Ferrari deal because otherwise they get upset! At the end of the day, I don’t know the real deal between Ferrari and Mick — and I don’t need to know. If he decides to go somewhere else, I cannot change it. Only Gene and I are involved in that process.”