Ferrari rewards Mick Schumacher for his first Formula 1 season. The rookie has a dual role in 2022. As a regular driver for Haas and as a reserve driver for Ferrari in eleven races. If Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz fails, Schumacher will get his Ferrari debut.
Ferrari and Mick Schumacher are growing together even more. In 2019, the Italian racing team included Michael Schumacher’s son in its support program. This initially included test drives for Ferrari and Alfa-Sauber and later a contract with Ferrari customer Haas. This year, the 22-year-old German completed his first season with the American team and learned his Formula 1 lesson at the end of the field.
In his second season, Schumacher hopes that his racing team will make the leap into midfield. Haas has been developing the 2022 car longer than any other team. The 2018 Formula 3 champion and 2020 Formula 2 champion will play a dual role in the coming season. Ferrari has nominated him as their reserve driver at eleven Grands Prix. If Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz fails at short notice, Schumacher would move up to the works team and Haas would have to put his reserve pilot in the vacant cockpit instead.
Schumacher shares the reserve driver role with Antonio Giovinazzi. The former Alfa Sauber driver will compete in Formula E next year and will therefore only be available as a reserve driver for Ferrari at twelve Grand Prix. In order to be prepared for the job, the Italian takes part in intensive simulator training. “Unlike Mick, Antonio doesn’t have the opportunity to actually drive the 2022 cars,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto.
Schumacher’s promotion is another logical step up the career ladder. “The purpose of our academy is to train young drivers to become Formula 1 pilots. Mick has performed well in his first year. In recent races, he has gotten closer and closer to the rest of the field. As Haas has not developed his car further, that is for me it’s a sign of how Mick has developed as a driver,” praises Binotto.