After announcing Nikita Mazepin's arrival yesterday, Formula One's sole American team Haas has confirmed that Formula 2 racer Mick Schumacher would join the outfit from 2021 onwards.
Haas F1 Team announced earlier this season that it would part ways with its current driver pairing of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the forthcoming season. The American team announced yesterday that Nikita Mazepin would arrive next season and the outfit has now confirmed that Mick Schumacher would partner the Russian driver in the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.
“I’m very pleased that we’re able to confirm Mick Schumacher in our driver line-up for next season and I look forward to welcoming him into the team,” said Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner.
“The Formula 2 Championship has long served as a proving ground for talent to showcase their credentials and this year’s field has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive in recent seasons. Mick has won races, collected podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020.
“I firmly believe he’s earned the opportunity to graduate into Formula 1 based on his performances. We have an opportunity ahead of us, as a team, to evaluate and nurture a new driver given our familiarity with our race package heading into 2021.
“We are putting in place our building blocks for the continued long-term growth of the team and I look forward to Mick’s contributions both on and off the track in that process.”
“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” said Schumacher.
“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents – I know that I owe them everything.
“I have always believed that I would realise my dream of Formula 1. A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there who have supported me throughout my career. I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them,” Schumacher concluded.
Schumacher currently races in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and finds himself at the top of the Drivers’ Standing with two races to go. The 21-year-old German enjoys an advantage of 14 points ahead of fellow Ferrari junior driver Callum Ilott.
The current season is the second appearance in the F2 series for the Swiss-born German driver who previously raced in a variety of series including the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the ADAC Formula 4 Championship and the Italian Formula 4 Championship. He earned his biggest success in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship which he won in 2018 with eight victories to his name.