F1: Mick Schumacher will be Ferrari reserve driver in 2022

Already in the paddock in 2021 driving a Haas single-seater, Mick Schumacher will keep his seat in 2022 but will have a double cap. For his second season in Formula 1, Michael’s son will also be a reserve driver for the Ferrari team, alternating with Antonio Giovinazzi.

It’s a one more step in his progression in Formula 1. The German Mick Schumacher, son of Michael, will be one of the reserve drivers of Ferrari , in addition to competing season 2022 at Haas, announced Scuderia Team Principal Mattia Binotto.

“Don’t forget that he is already a Ferrari driver: he is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and, as we repeat, this academy exists to identify future Ferrari drivers, “Binotto explained at a virtual press conference this week. “If you are part of it and you succeed, you will certainly have opportunities.”

It is in any case an encouragement after Schumacher’s first season in the premier class in 2021. The Italian leader believes that the German (19 e and penultimate titular driver, without any points registered at the wheel of a very weak Haas) “did well and progressed, not only in terms of consistency but also in speed”.

Alternating with Antonio Giovinazzi

Mick, who will be 22 years on 22 March, will assume the role of reserve pilot (which consists of replacing the holders if they are sick or injured) during 11 of the 23 Grand Prix scheduled for next year, alternating with the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.

The bucket seats at Ferrari should not, however, be released immediately. The Monegasque pilot Charles Leclerc is engaged until the end 2024. The Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr, he signed until the end 2022 but “we will discuss during the winter of an extension of the contract”, specified Binotto.

In 2022, completely new F1 cars will take to the track after an upheaval in the technical regulations and Ferrari has devoted most of its resources this year to developing its own.

The single-seater was designed with “a more open mind than before” and incorporates “a lot of innovations”, Binotto said, but he remains cautious about the prospects for the Scuderia. “You can say that the project is going on schedule (and that) we are achieving our objectives”, he says, but it is impossible to situate yourself due to the lack of “references” on what we are doing the others. stables.

“We hope to be competitive and for me it’s to be in a position to win races. Does that mean we can fight for the championship? As it stands, the gap is still significant (with the leading Mercedes and Red Bull teams, editor’s note) but it’s part of Ferrari’s DNA to be able to fight for pole positions and victories ” , concluded the engineer.