Haas has chosen its second driver for 2023 F1 and plans to reveal the selection next week.
Kevin Magnussen has a long-term contract that will keep him with the team next year. But Mick Schumacher’s place at Haas is believed to be in doubt.
In the year Nico Hulkenberg, who last competed in F1 full-time with Renault in 2019, has been widely tipped as Schumacher’s replacement. He spent this season as a reserve driver for Aston Martin, but the team recently announced that Stoffel Vandoorne will take over that role in 2023.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner confirmed yesterday that next year’s driver line-up has been decided and formal confirmation is imminent. “We’re figuring out the details, how we’re going to do it [it]What are we going to do?” he said.
“Stay tuned for the announcement next week,” Steiner added. “I won’t tell you a day because then everyone is waiting for that day. Coming up next week.
Schumacher suffered a serious injury to take part in the Brazilian Grand Prix, where he was eliminated in Q1 and started last. Meanwhile, team-mate Kevin Magnussen reached Q3 and took a surprising pole position in the interrupted and rain-affected session.
“He did a good job in Q1, so he felt sorry for him,” Steiner said until the final run. As the track dried, the field switched to slick tires and Schumacher’s final lap was two and a half seconds slower than Magnuson’s.
“The first two runs before he went out were really good,” Steiner said. “Then he couldn’t feel it on dry tyres. When some people got him on the lap, he lost a little bit of his temperature and when he couldn’t get his temperature back in and he lost a little bit of confidence, he started to slip and that’s what’s happening.
“It just didn’t work for him. But otherwise, the whole season, I mean, we all know he’s had really good moments and really bad moments, it’s been up and down.
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