Williams drop Mick Schumacher hint despite already confirming 2022 F1 driver line-up
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Williams boss Jost Capito admits Haas driver Mick Schumacher is one to “keep an eye on” as George Russell departs the team at the end of the season to partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, has had a tricky start to his debut in Formula One, wrestling with an underperforming Haas car, often finding himself stuck at the back of the grid.
However in Turkey, Schumacher managed to reach Q2 in qualifying and eventually started 14th on the grid.
Despite the race not quite working out for him, his performance during the session hasn’t gone unnoticed by Capito.
Williams have already secured their 2022 line-up with Alex Albon joining Nicholas Latifi but Capito has hinted he could move for Schumacher a few years down the line.
“I have to say Mick is doing an excellent job,” said Capito speaking to German RTL. “It’s only his first year in Formula One, but how he’s handled things, how he’s handled the team and how he’s got them behind him is absolutely brilliant.”
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“He’s a driver to keep an eye on, he’s a nice guy and really deserves to be in a car he can win with.
“I’m confident that will happen. If that were a Williams, that would be even better!”
Formula One returns to Austin this weekend, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leading the way over Hamilton by six points this season.
But for Williams, it’s become a new home circuit, with the new Dorilton Capital partnership, who are based in the United States.
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance said: “Returning to the COTA track for the first time since 2019 is something we are all looking forward to.
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“The circuit is very much a tale of two halves, with a very high-speed section at the start of the lap, with the brakes hardly being touched before turn 11.
“Following the long back straight, the nature of the circuit changes dramatically, finishing with a combination of low speed corners and the long, almost never-ending turn 16, turn 17, turn 18 combination.
“The elevation change around the lap is significant and the rapid height gain prior to turn one is the signature incline.
“The circuit tends to change each year, with bumps coming and going as the substrate moves.
“Although we saw the MotoGP bikes race here a few weeks ago, we won’t really know what the impact of those bumps will be until we run the cars in FP1.
“As the 2021 campaign enters its final phase of events, we will have no new upgrades and instead we are focused on tuning the car and making the most of what we have as we look to defend our championship position.
“The USA now represents a second home race for us, and we look forward to welcoming our extended Williams family from Dorilton Capital to one of the best Grand Prix venues on the calendar.”
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