Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has acknowledged the possibility that Mick Schumacher could find himself on the Formula 1 grid in 2021, but stresses he needs to show more improvement.
The son of seven-time F1 champion Michael, Mick is a Ferrari junior, currently competiting in his second season of Formula 2.
After the opening three rounds of the championship, he sits fourth in the driver’s standings with 39 points, his best result back-to-back P3s in the most recent round at the Hungaroring.
Asked by Autosport about the prospects of him following in the footsteps of Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi with a promotion to a Ferrari-powered F1 team in 2021, Binotto admitted he was considering it.
“I think that Mick is certainly doing well, and he is doing a lot better than last year,” he said.
“It was important for him in his second year of F2 and he is showing progress.
“I think that he is showing progress as well since the start of the season.
“He had some bad luck situations but if you look at his results in Hungary, he did well. So Mick is progressing which is important.
“Next year I think it is really too early to decide. We are really clear and fair with him: his overall performance in the championship will be important.
“So he will be in an F1 seat at the time that we believe he has done sufficient progress overall. Also he needs simply to continue as he is doing now, and we will decide later on in the season.”
With six more rounds on the current 2020 schedule, Schumacher will have ample opportunity to impress his Ferrari bosses, although it is fair to wonder if he will keep being outshone by fellow Ferrari junior and Prema teammate Robert Schwartzman, who leads the F2 championship with 81 points and two wins.
For his part, Schumacher says his focus is solely on improving himself.
“I want to be among the top drivers: fighting for good positions,” he said.
“My main target is to improve myself as a racing driver to become the complete racing driver I am chasing.
“I want to improve on the human side, to become let’s say more grown up, to become more mature and to bond with the team in a way which no other driver can.”