Tue. Sep 28th, 2021

Ferrari F1 officials are apparently no hurry to speed up Mick Schumacher’s learning curve by moving him to a different team.

Italian media is reporting that the Formula 1 constructor is in talks with the Haas F1 Team about keeping Mick Schumacher at the American team for 2022. There have been rumors suggesting the 22-year-old rookie, and son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, could be heading to another Ferrari-powered team for 2022 at Alfa Romeo.

However, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has sounded confident about keeping the young German on board, and Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is now delivering a similar message.

“This year has been more difficult for the Ferrari driver academy, but we have to give the kids time to grow,” Binotto told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Mick Schumacher’s first season is about learning without pressure, and we are currently discussing with Haas to confirm him there.”

Schumacher’s Alfa Romeo move could have been at the expense of another Ferrari junior, Antonio Giovinazzi. But Binotto indicates that Ferrari is also still happy with the 27-year-old Giovinazzi.

“Giovinazzi remains our reserve driver, the first alternative to our (Ferrari) drivers,” Binotto said. “He is showing growth every year and I hope that he can stay at Alfa because he deserves it.”

Giovinazzi entered the summer break 18th in the F1 standings with 1 point that he earned with a 10th-place finish at Monaco. Schumacher is scoreless and in 19th place. His best finish was a modest 12th at Hungary.

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