Schumacher teams up with Mazepin at Haas F1 team

Mick Schumacher will partner Nikita Mazepin at the Haas F1 team for the 2021 season and beyond, the team has announced.

The news that everyone was expecting came on the Wednesday morning before the Sakhir Grand Prix weekend, after Mazepin was confirmed by the team the day before.

“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” stated Mick Schumacher upon his confirmation.

“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents – I know that I owe them everything. I have always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula 1.”

Schumacher may well be joining the team in 2021 as new F2 champion as the Prema driver holds a commanding 14 point advantage over rival Callum Ilott going into the final two races in Sakhir this weekend. And he will also have experience of the team’s VF-20 when he drives the car in FP1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix before participating in the season-ending young driver test at Yas Marina on 15 December.

“I’m very pleased that we’re able to confirm Mick Schumacher in our driver lineup for next season and I look forward to welcoming him into the team,” stated Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas F1 Team.

“The Formula 2 Championship has long served as a proving ground for talent to showcase their credentials and this year’s field has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive in recent seasons. Mick has won races, collected podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020.

“I firmly believe he’s earned the opportunity to graduate into Formula 1 based on his performances. We have an opportunity ahead of us, as a team, to evaluate and nurture a new driver given our familiarity with our race package heading into 2021.”

The Schumacher name in F1 is, of course, well known. Mick is the son of legendary seven-time FIA Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and there is no doubt he will do that name proud.

“A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there who have supported me throughout my career,” added the German. “I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them.”

Fraser Masefield

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