Aug.5 - Haas has called off all contract talks with Mick Schumacher for the duration of the August break, according to German broadcasters RTL and ntv.

Boss Gunther Steiner had flagged F1's calendar break as the right time to consider the small American team's driver lineup for 2023, with Kevin Magnussen already under contract.

But according to the German reports, Haas has now "suspended contract talks" with the 23-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

No'big step' yet from Schumacher this season says Steiner

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1, is interviewed by Tom Kristensen (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

"Team boss Gunther Steiner is therefore no longer in a hurry to negotiate an extended agreement with the driver," RTL announced, speculating that the latest moves in the 'silly season' have diminished Schumacher's alternatives.

"It means Haas can now rely on the time factor, knowing full well that the team is currently the only way for the German to secure his place in Formula 1."

Schumacher's situation is worsened by the latest rumblings about his place in Ferrari's driver academy, amid reports Mattia Binotto is "no longer convinced" about the German's potential.

One last option for Mick could be leaving the Ferrari orbit to join another F1 development program - such as Mercedes' or even Red Bull's.

"He has improved compared to last year," Red Bull's top Austrian official Dr Helmut Marko told Osterreich newspaper.

"But he was always in the Ferrari program, so I never had him on my radar."

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6 F1 Fan comments on “Haas F1 team now stops deal extension talks with Schumacher?

    • smokey

      Spot on, Shroppy!
      F1 history is littered with nice chaps, none of them became WDC. Except Jim Clark ~ true gentleman and one of the greatest of all time!
      Sadly, young Mick seems unable to follow in the footsteps of his father.

  1. The Spy

    History is littered with nice guys that didn’t make it to the top. The greats in sport are normally so focused on paying the price that they don’t worry or care about public opinion. You need some ruthlessness about you to climb to the top of the tree if you stop on the way up to help everyone else you will discover the opposition beat you to it. Vettel used to be a absolute jerk when at RedBull but as his passion started to disappear he is becoming Mr Nice Guy. Lewis, Max and Alonso haven’t got to where they are by being best friends with their teammate. It’s still driver against driver and if you aren’t the Champion at the end of the season then all that matters is you beat the bloke in the garage next to you.


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