This is a blast for German Formula 1 fans!
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto (52) announced: Mick Schumacher (22) is Ferrari’s official reserve driver for 2022 alongside ex-Alfa driver Antonio Giovinazzi (28)!
Means: Should the regular drivers Charles Leclerc (24) and / or Carlos Sainz jr. (27) fail, one of the two drivers in the red racer would move up. Mick and Giovinazzi split the race weekends among themselves. Mick continues to drive the races at Haas as usual.
So will we soon see Mick in Ferrari red, which he previously wore for test and demo drives?
The fact that Mick is in the extended Ferrari squad is not entirely new: He has been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2019 and is therefore an official Ferrari driver. The fact that he is named as the official reserve driver of the Scuderia is a novelty.
And Mick even has a big advantage over Giovinazzi, who was retired from Formula 1 and will drive Formula E next year!
Binotto: “Mick will drive a 2022 car next year. The cars will then be different than they are now because of the rule changes. It is therefore important to have a reserve driver who knows the cars. ”
In addition, Mick, who is going into his second season for the Ferrari customer team Haas, is always on site if there is a problem. So Ferrari also relies on fireman Mick! A huge compliment for the young Formula 1 driver.
It happens every now and then that teams withdraw drivers from their squad from other teams: Lewis Hamilton (36) was not replaced by reserve pilots de Vries or Vandoorne during his corona illness at the end of 2020, but by Williams driver George Russell ( 23) – who moved up to Mercedes for 2022.
Ferrari boss Binotto spoke in a round with selected media about a possible Mick future with the Reds: “He is already a Ferrari driver, is part of our academy. We have them to find out who our future drivers could be. If you are part of the academy and do a good job, you undoubtedly have opportunities. ”
And Mick has done a good job in Formula 1 so far, despite being 19th. His car was not further developed for the 2021 season and was hopelessly inferior. His racing team was already fully focused on 2022. Despite the difficult-to-drive car, Mick showed a strong performance in his debut season, easily leaving his team-mate Nikita Mazepin (22) behind.
Binotto praises: “He did well, not only in terms of consistency, but also in terms of speed, especially in the last few races. When you consider that Haas didn’t develop the car any further, it shows that he has improved. “