Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher will make his Formula 1 debut with the Haas team in 2021. Team boss Günther Steiner talks about the driver choice, the role of Ferrari and the fuss about the young Formula 2 leader.
“To have Mick Schumacher on the team is certainly a great honor,” the Italian sends in advance, but also warns: “And of course it causes a lot of attention worldwide, but you have to deal with it well, because it can backfire. You have to tackle it properly and give it the best possible material, we have to build it up and prepare it for a great future. The worldwide interest is normal, after all, his father is a legend. “
When asked which of the five Ferrari juniors would draw the big Formula 1 lot, the Scuderia had the say, reveals Steiner. “I wanted someone from Formula 2, and not from a class below, because that was a bit too dangerous for me. And Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin were already well on their way. Because of our collaboration with Ferrari, I then naturally spoke to Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. I asked what he was doing with his juniors and if we could get one of them. But the names have not yet been discussed. “
The list of potential talents got shorter and shorter, as the 55-year-old says. “We quickly got to the point where the decision was made – the final decision was made after talking to Gene Haas, during which the idea of competing with two rookies was discussed. And then Ferrari decided that Mick and not one of the other juniors should get promoted to Formula 1, which of course was fine with me. That was done pretty quickly, ”says Steiner, who refuses to reveal details about the multi-year agreements between Schumacher and Mazepin.
“The exact term is not fixed, there are options and so on, and I’m not ready to make the contracts public here,” the South Tyrolean dismisses. There are still no details about the collaboration with the Ferrari Driver Academy. “I’m talking to Laurent Mekies, Ferrari’s sports director, who is responsible for the youth program. And we look at how we can best bring their experience to bear, ”says Steiner.