Formula 2 driver Callum Ilott has revealed he will not be racing in Formula 1 next year, all but confirming Mick Schumacher’s move to Haas.
The British driver is currently involved in a tense championship battle with his fellow Ferrari junior, with the pair separate by just 14 points in the German’s favour heading to this weekend’s F2 finale in Bahrain.
However, while Ilott still has a chance of beating Schumacher to the title, something that would make him ineligible to stay in F2 next year, the 22-year-old won’t be stepping up to F1.
“It is time I announce that I have been told I will not be racing F1 in 2021,” he said in a tweet on Monday. “Obviously I have known this for a couple of weeks now.
“I am disappointed, but I will just work harder and do what it takes to make sure it happens in 2022. Anyway, I have a championship I want to win.”
His announcement paves the way for Schumacher to be confirmed with Haas for next year, where he’s expected to be joined by another F2 driver in Nikita Mazepin.
That news is rumoured to come later this week.