Schumacher out, Hulkenback!

Mick Schumacher and Haas will be parting ways at the end of the season – with his hopes of finding a seat at another team for 2023 looking slim…

The German driver joined Haas for 2021, to race alongside Nikita Mazepin, with Schumacher having won the F2 Championship the previous year.

This year, alongside Kevin Magnussen, Schumacher scored his first points at Silverstone with eighth, following that up with sixth at the following race in Austria.

However, he has failed to score since then, and has contributed less than a third of Haas’s total points tally – with the American squad eighth in the constructors championship. Schumacher has also had several crashes which have been quite costly. As a result, Haas have opted not to keep the German for a third season.

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.

Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner.

Nico Hulkenberg will be making a full-time racing return to Formula 1 with Haas in 2023, replacing Mick Schumacher.

The German, 35, left F1 at the end of 2019 but subsequently made five substitute appearances for Racing Point and Aston Martin, most recently standing in for Sebastian Vettel for the first two races of the year.

He has amassed 181 Grand Prix starts – driving for Williams, Force India, Sauber, Renault, Racing Point and Aston Martin – as well as playing the reserve role for Aston Martin for the last two seasons.

Hulkenberg has scored 521 points with a career high finish of fourth plus one pole position which was achieved at the Brazilian Grand Prix in his rookie season in 2010 with Williams.

I’m naturally very pleased to be welcoming Nico Hulkenberg back to a full-time racing role in Formula 1. The experience and knowledge base Nico brings to the team is clear to see – with nearly 200 career starts in Formula 1 – 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 1 – 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.

Haas boss, Guenther Steiner.

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 1. 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.

Nico Hulkenberg on his return.

One response to “Schumacher out, Hulkenback!”

  1. I think this is a good call from Haas. Mick looked great in his debut season but Marzipan made him gook good. Against Kev he’s kinda been found out a bit. The Hulk will bring the stability to progress the team. Mick will no doubt end up on the F1 scrap heap that is Formula E.


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