Haas announced that Mick Schumacher will no longer be driving for the team in 2023, the team issuing a statement in that regards without announcing a replacement.
Haas were openly critical of the German driver who struggled to match teammate Kevin Magnussen not the mention the numerous incidents and crashes that have cost the team so much in an era of budget cap.
The team, boss Guenther Steiner and owner Gene Haas have given the driver until the end of this season to try and earn their trust again, but it seems he hasn’t as Haas issued a statement conforming Schumacher’s exit. They have not announced who will replace him though.
Haas Team Statement
Haas F1 Team and Mick Schumacher will part ways at the conclusion of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
The German driver joined the American team in December 2020 having won the Formula 2 Championship that year. Over two full seasons competing in Formula 1 Schumacher has scored a best result of sixth place for Haas F1 Team – his points haul coming in the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, one week after collecting his maiden points for an eighth-place finish at the 2022 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Schumacher currently sits 16th overall in the 2022 Drivers’ Standings on 12 points.
Guenther Steiner, Haas Team Principal said: “I would like to thank Mick Schumacher for his contribution to the team over the past couple of years.
“Mick’s pedigree in the junior categories was well known and he has continued to grow and develop as a driver in his time with Haas F1 Team – culminating in his first Formula 1 points-scoring successes earlier this season.
“While choosing to go in separate directions for the future the entire team wishes Mick well for the next steps in his career path and beyond,” Steiner concluded.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 17, 2022
Mick Schumacher took to social media to say, ahead of his final race in Abu Dhabi as a Haas driver: “This is going to be my last race with Haas F1 team.
“I don’t want to hide the fact that I am very disappointed about the decision not to renew out contract,” he added.
“Nevertheless I would like to thank both Haas and Ferrari for giving me this opportunity. Those years together have helped me to mature both technically and personally. And especially when thing got difficult, I realized how much I love this sport.
“It was at times bumpy but I steadily improved, learned a lot and now know for sure that I deserve a place in Formula 1. The subject is anything but closed for me. Setbacks only make you stronger.
“My fire burns for Formula 1 and I will be fighting hard to return to the starting grid. PTW,” the German concluded.
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) November 17, 2022