Mick Schumacher’s options for a Formula 1 cockpit are dwindling. The German wants to continue to make a case against his exit from motorsport’s premier class. It will be particularly tough in Singapore.
Mick Schumacher has renounced the special training in the sauna. In the struggle for a new Formula 1 contract, the 23-year-old does not deviate from his routine even before the Grand Prix in tropically hot and particularly sweaty Singapore. “I don’t change my preparation, even in a special place like Singapore,” Schumacher said before his race debut in the Asian city-state. He said he had only seen the airport so far but had never been on the street circuit under floodlights. “I am really looking forward to experiencing the track for myself,” Schumacher said before the Grand Prix.
For the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher, it is still all about his future. The former Formula 2 champion still has no contract with the US team Haas beyond the end of the year. And the Americans are apparently still in no hurry to change anything. Team boss Günther Steiner said the German had done a “fantastic job” after finishing twelfth in Monza. Nevertheless, a total of twelve championship points after 16 of 22 races and 15th place overall remain a meager result.
Only three places left
And the options are dwindling. On Tuesday, Alfa Romeo announced that the Chinese Guanyu Zhou will drive for the Swiss team next year, as expected. Even though Schumacher’s move there was rather unlikely, there are only three seats left for 2023: at Haas, Williams, and Alpine. Above all, a move to the French Renault successor team Alpine seems unrealistic. Even if their regular driver Esteban Ocon has already campaigned for his buddy Schumacher.
According to media reports, there are still a number of candidates for the second Williams cockpit after the departure of Canadian Nicholas Latifi after the current season. Schumacher is not among the favorites.
Meanwhile, Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn emphasized how crucial Schumacher’s continued employment is for the reputation of the entire racing series in Germany. It is “extremely important that Mick Schumacher continues his career in Formula 1. As fascinating and important as the technology in Formula One is, kids hang posters of the heroes behind the wheel in their rooms”,