Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and could be in line for a seat at the famous team in the future.
Ferrari are constantly coaching and monitoring Mick Schumacher in order to help the German emulate the success of his iconic father Michael in Formula 1.
The Italian outfit are believed to be keen on the idea of Schumacher eventually driving one of their famous red cars. Schumacher joined Haas for his debut campaign in F1, enduring a difficult rookie season in the uncompetitive car.
Following the likes of Charles Leclerc and George Russell, Schumacher immediately stepped up into the pinnacle of motorsport but he was left languishing at the back of the grid alongside teammate Nikita Mazepin due to the poor machinery of Haas.
The American team instead opted to develop their 2022 car ahead of the impending regulations aimed to shake up the grid.
Ferrari recently announced Schumacher will officially share the reserve driver role with former Alfa Romeo star Antonio Giovinazzi. The Italian, who lost his seat to Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou, will act as reserve driver across 12 race weekends in 2022, while Schumacher will be on standby when Giovinazzi is racing in Formula E.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto revealed that Ferrari engineers and resources are available to aid the development Schumacher as he seeks to emulate his seven-time world champion father.
“In 2021, he was followed by Ferrari engineers dedicated to the Ferrari Driver Academy programme to support him in his development and that will continue next year,” Binotto said. “A simulator will be available to him at Maranello.
“Mick is still part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, which means we are still coaching him as a driver even today. But we’ve an entire programme [with him] because in still being part of an academy, it’s part of our objective to continuously try to develop them as drivers.
“Again, the final objective one day, is they will prove to be capable to be a Ferrari driver.”
Schumacher will remain at Haas as part of an unchanged lineup alongside Mazepin. Despite a challenging season in which Haas failed to score a single point, Binotto insisted Schumacher’s hard work will pay dividends in time.
“The reason we’ve got a Ferrari Driver Academy is to identify who can be the Ferrari driver for the future,” Binotto added. “Being part of it, if you are doing well, no doubt you may have opportunities. He’s already had one season in F1, which is important.
“I think Mick through the season did well. He improved himself, not only in terms of consistency but as well in terms of speed.
“If I look at the last races, he was a lot closer to the cars ahead, while Haas didn’t really develop the car at all. The fact that he was closer proved he had a good improvement on the speed itself.”
F1 will return in 2022 for preseason testing on February 23 before the opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.