Mick Schumacher set to leave Haas as 2023 replacement confirmed

Mick Schumacher drives his father’s Ferrari F2003-GA

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Mick Schumacher is set to leave Haas at the end of the season with Nico Hulkenberg announced as the team’s new driver. Schumacher’s F1 future had been in doubt for some time but the American squad finally made their decision over their 2023 line-up ahead of the final race in Abu Dhabi. 

Schumacher’s only chance of an F1 return would be through a reserve driver role next season as next year’s race seats are finally filled. Haas team boss Guenther Steiner 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 One 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.” Haas confirmed Hulkenberg would partner Kevin Magnussen next season in one of the grid’s most experienced driver line-ups. 

The German has started 181 Grand Prix but stopped racing full-time at the end of the 2019 season. He has made several appearances since standing in for Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel when they caught coronavirus. 

Hulkenberg stressed he has been set a target of getting the team closer to the midfield after showing glimpses of pace throughput the season. He added: “I’m very happy to move into a full-time race seat with Haas F1 Team in 2023. I feel like I never really left Formula One. 

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to do what I love the most again and want to thank Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner for their trust. We have work ahead of us to be able to compete with all the other teams in the midfield, and I cannot wait to join that battle again.”

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Steiner claims the new experienced line-up will help “push the team onwards” as they target points. It comes after Magnussen secured a shock pole position at the Brazilian Grand prix after mastering the changeable wet/dry conditions. 

The team have confirmed Hulkenberg will take part in the post-Abu Dhabi test session next week, Steiner explained: “The experience and knowledge base Nico brings to the team is clear to see – with nearly 200 career starts in Formula One – and a reputation as being a great qualifier and a solid, reliable racer. 

“These are attributes, which when you pair them together with Kevin Magnussen’s experience, gives us a very credible and well-seasoned driver line-up which we believe will help push the team onwards up the grid.

“That’s obviously the goal and it was that ambition that has prompted Nico’s return to Formula One – he shares our vision and can be a key player together with the rest of the team in building on the foundations we’ve laid this year with our return to the points battle.”

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