Mick Schumacher confirmed at Haas for 2021 F1 season

Mick Schumacher, 2020 Prema Racing

The Schumacher name returns to F1 in 2021

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Mick Schumacher will make his Formula 1 debut in 2021 with Haas F1 Team next season, 30 years on from his father’s own Formula 1 debut.

The son of seven-time world champion Michael currently leads the Formula 2 championship and will partner fellow F2 driver Nikita Mazepin at the team next season, with the Russian’s seat confirmed already.

Both drivers have signed multi-year deals according to the team.

“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” stated Mick Schumacher upon his confirmation.

“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 realize 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.”

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Schumacher had been scheduled to drive for Alfa Romeo ahead of the first practice session being cancelled at the Eifel Grand Prix, but will now get a run out with Haas in the VF-20 during the end-of-season young driver’s test at Yas Marina, following the Abu Dhabi GP.

He currently leads the F2 championship heading into the final round, with a 14-point gap over Callum Ilott, a fellow Ferrari Academy Driver. Schumacher has already taken part in F1 testing, getting to drive for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo during an in-season test at Bahrain last year.

The 21-year-old has graduated through German F4 and European Formula 3, winning the latter series in 2018 with eight race wins that season.

“I’m very pleased that we’re able to confirm Mick Schumacher in our driver lineup for next season and I look forward to welcoming him into the team,” Haas team boss Guenther Steiner said.

“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.”