Mick Schumacher to Mercedes?
We just indicated that we must gradually learn to live with the fact that Mick Schumacher will not have a regular cockpit in Formula 1 in 2023. So what’s next for him? For example, would the job as a replacement Mercedes driver be something for him?
“I don’t know what the status is with Mick at Haas,” emphasizes Toto Wolff, explaining: “I think the most important thing for him is that he gets a race cockpit. But I make no secret of the Schumacher family going to Mercedes. heard.”
Mick is also appreciated “as a personality and as a driver. So we will certainly discuss this option if it arises. But the first priority must be to get into a race cockpit, because he can and deserves that,” said Wolff. .
But now it seems to look very bad.
Krack: Sprint incident not so bad
We already heard that Jacques Villeneuve criticized Lance Stroll for the action in the sprint against Sebastian Vettel. Team principal Mike Krack is very relaxed about it, however, explaining: “These things happen in racing.”
Still, you want to let both pilots race freely against each other. Referring to a stable order, he says: “We don’t have anything like that. We never had it, we won’t have it and then you have to expect them to hit each other hard.”
That’s also good with the team. Of course, the scene was “unfortunate,” Krack said. But he also emphasizes that the criticism of Stroll is “exaggerated”. Anyway, everything is good for him.
Ricciardo before returning to Red Bull?
Daniel Ricciardo is also associated with the position of reserve driver at Mercedes. In the meantime, however, he seems to be pulling back to Red Bull. “[Mit] Ricciardo, we are in talks,” Helmut Marko confirmed to ORF.
“But that is mainly the function of reserve driver, simulator driver and various promotional appearances, without having a fixed commitment about one [Renn-Cockpits] would give up,” the Austrian clarifies.
“But there are talks and I hope Abu Dhabi decides on that,” Marko said. The deal certainly wouldn’t be bad for Schumacher as it could boost his chances at Mercedes!
Good end of the season for RTL
RTL broadcast its last Formula 1 race of the year yesterday and enjoyed an average of 2.83 million viewers. That is more than in the last two races at Silverstone (2.39 million) and Zandvoort (2.04).
However, these figures are not directly comparable due to the different start times. Meanwhile, another 750,000 fans watched on Sky. Also a success, because recently there have been fewer in the US (680,000) and Mexico (578,000).
Ralf Schumacher: Divorce might be better
On ‘Sky’, Mick’s uncle and expert Ralf Schumacher explains that he isn’t sure yet how Mick will proceed. About the rumors, however, he says that it “maybe better for him to break up”.
He again sharply criticizes Günther Steiner’s team management and explains that he is not okay with how Mick was treated there this year. He is not worried about Mick’s future in Formula 1, even without Haas.
If things don’t go for him as currently expected, Mick will “appear as a test or reserve driver next year,” said Schumacher, who believes he “will certainly find a way”.
And regarding 2024, he refers to the examples of Alexander Albon or (probably) Nico Hülkenberg. Both returned to Formula 1 after a break. He can imagine the same for Mick.
Media message: Mick is already informed
With ‘F1-Insider’, another usually well-informed source reports that Mick is leaving Haas before 2023. The portal also reports that Schumacher in Brazil has already been informed of the team’s decision.
Means: According to his colleagues, Schumacher already knows that he cannot continue at Haas. He can now fully concentrate on finding a new employer. Maybe Mercedes…
No stable orders at Mercedes
While other teams argued about stable orders yesterday, the two Mercedes drivers at the front were allowed to drive freely against each other. “As a team we have always stood for free racing,” recalls Toto Wolff.
“We’ve never done anything else, except when one driver has no mathematical chance of winning a title, but the other does,” the team boss said. Russell also emphasizes: “We’ve always said we can race freely.”
“Toto and the team have great confidence in Lewis and me,” he reveals, stressing that the two have always raced “respectfully” against each other throughout the year. Yesterday was no different.
The most important thing for Sunday…
… we have summarized it again this time in a separate photo series. The fastest way to stay up to date!
And don’t forget: this weekend you have the opportunity to judge the drivers on their performance in Brazil!
Photo gallery: Formula 1 2022 in Brazil: Sunday’s most important thing
Norris: Stewards don’t understand our position
That fits with our big topic of the morning, because in connection with his own crash, Norris also criticizes the penalties in Formula 1. “There should be more drivers,” he says of the composition of the stewards.
“Nothing against the race stewards we have, but too often it feels like they don’t understand the situation in the car,” Norris said. The stewards didn’t understand what it was like to drive a car at such speeds.
His demand: “There must be more drivers who can understand what it is like to be in my position or Charles’s.”
Norris: Leclerc took the risk, not me
Yesterday we heard from Charles Leclerc that he thought Lando Norris was too aggressive this weekend. The McLaren driver disputes the accusation, explaining: “Charles took a risk when he wanted to overtake on the outside.”
“The first thing you learn in racing is that you usually don’t try to do it on the outside. And when you do, you have to make room,” said Norris, explaining: “We were in the fastest corner on the track.”
“He was the one who was in a risky position – not me,” he clarifies. He definitely did not want to oust Leclerc and he is sure that in his position Leclerc would have acted no differently.
“Any good driver in my position would have done exactly the same,” said Norris, who cannot understand his five-second penalty.
Sainz: Now I finally understand the car
The Spaniard was unable to keep up with his teammate at the start of the season. That looks different now. Most recently he beat Leclerc in qualifying three times in a row, leading the sprint in Brazil and the last two races.
“The level I’m at now is the level I should have been at the start of the season,” Sainz says, explaining: “It’s not that I suddenly got good. I just understood the car.”
It took a lot of work and he had to change a lot of things to adapt to the new car. He emphasizes: “I’m finally riding at the level I know I can do.”
It’s just a shame that the Ferrari isn’t as competitive as it was at the start of the year…
Schumacher before the end
Hardly any hope for Mick Schumacher: After the Swiss ‘Blick’ reported at the weekend that the German would lose his cockpit at Haas 2023, ‘Bild’ now also reports that he will be out next season.
In both cases it is reported that Nico Hulkenberg has to take over his cockpit. According to ‘Bild’, the decision should be announced on Wednesday. Since various media are now reporting on the Mick-Aus, there is hardly any doubt about it.
Mercedes no better, but the others worse?
Lewis Hamilton himself made this point after the Silver Arrows’ first win of the season. “It feels strange because we have definitely made progress,” he said after yesterday’s double win.
“But it’s almost like the others got a little behind this weekend,” he muses, adding: “I don’t know. But the car was really great to drive all weekend – very consistent, very smooth, no major issues .”
However, he recalls that no update has been released as a car since Austin. “I think we’re starting to understand the car better,” he explains. And in fact, it probably helped that Red Bull had a bad weekend.
The police themselves cannot explain why they were so weak, especially on the medium tires.
Incidentally, most pilots now go directly from Brazil to Abu Dhabi. Why? Because the paddock now expects a flight of 15 hours. 14 hours to Qatar and then another hour to Abu Dhabi.
There is no more time to make a detour home in between. One can certainly argue about the usefulness of including such a mammoth journey before the season finale…
After all: in the future Formula 1 wants to optimize its calendar on this point.
The Hamilton-Verstappen crash…
… was of course also a topic in Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll’s major race analysis yesterday. For over an hour, the two talked about the following:
– Red Bull: That’s behind the Zoff
– What does this mean for the future at Red Bull?
– Verstappen collision with Hamilton
– Team order Zoff at Ferrari
– Team order Zoff at Alpine
– Russell: winner despite water leak
– Sebastian Vettel
– Mick Schumacher
– Race result and championship status
– Inquiries from channel members from live chat
Of course there are also our popular Monday columns today! And the crash is not the main reason why Max Verstappen must have had a pretty bad night, according to Christian Nimmervoll…
You can find both columns here:
Who slept the worst last night: Max Verstappen
Who slept the best last night: George Russell
The true story behind the Zoff at Red Bull
What qualifying in Monaco has to do with the Verstappen-Perez dispute and how a conspiracy overshadowed Russell’s first win. More Formula 1 Videos
Was Verstappen’s punishment justified?
The collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was one of the big topics at the Brazilian GP yesterday. It is not surprising that the Dutchman himself does not understand his five-second penalty. But that also applies to independent experts.
Already during the TV broadcast, Martin Brundle explained to ‘Sky’ that Hamilton had simply left Verstappen no space. And Jacques Villeneuve is also surprised in his column for ‘Formule1.nl’ about the penalty against the world champion.
“Verstappen was given a five-second penalty, although Hamilton gave him no room at all. It was aggressive from both sides, a racing accident in my eyes,” said Villeneuve, for whom the penalties are disproportionate.
He refers to Lance Stroll’s action against Sebastian Vettel on Saturday, which was “life-threatening”. There was only a ten second penalty. Incomprehensible to Villeneuve. “It’s not racing,” he criticizes his compatriot.
“He already did that in Austin,” he recalls the incident with Fernando Alonso there. “The FIA is not punishing that hard enough,” Villeneuve said. That no longer fits with the Verstappen penalty.