Schumacher says F1 future ‘still very open’ (Update)

(GMM) News about Mick Schumacher’s expected Formula 1 debut for 2021 is due “soon”.

At the Nurburgring, that was the unified message of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo bosses Mattia Binotto and Frederic Vasseur respectively.

Most observers expect Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo to announce that Schumacher, 21, will replace his fellow Ferrari academy driver Antonio Giovinazzi next year.

“I’m happy with myself but I’m not the one who will decide,” Giovinazzi said at the Nurburgring. “I think I deserve to be here again next year.”

That, however, seems unlikely, with Alfa Romeo boss Vasseur telling Sky Italia when asked about Schumacher: “We will definitely see him in Formula 1 soon.

“I think we are about to make a decision about our drivers for next year,” he added. “Mick is of course an option, but it is also up to Ferrari to make a decision.”

VASSEUR Frederic, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing, Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto also commented about Schumacher, the son of five-time former Ferrari champion Michael: “I think he’ll be in Formula 1 soon.

“We will decide in the coming weeks what is best for him and the other academy drivers in Formula 2. We need a few more days to think about it.”

Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo’s Vasseur denied that a 2021 deal for Kimi Raikkonen is now set in stone.

“I think it was pretty much the same journalists who said that it would be Hulkenberg and Perez,” he told Canal Plus.

“No, he didn’t sign,” Vasseur clarified.

October 9, 2020 

(GMM) At the Nurburgring for his Friday practice debut, Mick Schumacher would not answer whether his 2021 Alfa Romeo race deal is now signed and sealed.

There is strong speculation that the Swiss based team is poised to announce that F2 series leader Schumacher, 21, will be Kimi Raikkonen’s teammate next year.

“The future is still very open,” the young German told Sky Deutschland.

“In the end, I still have to finish my Formula 2 season and that is my full focus,” the son of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher added.

When asked if a F1 move for 2021 is at least on the cards, he added: “I can’t answer that yet. But Formula 2 is going very well so it should be interesting.”

Sebastian Vettel, who knows both Raikkonen and Schumacher well, said he thinks the pairing would be a strong one for Alfa Romeo.

Vettel at the cold Nurburgring credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

“I think it would be a very good pairing, with both able to benefit and learn from each other,” he said, smiling: “And unless you’re an ass, anyone can get along with Kimi.”

As for Schumacher, the son of Vettel’s mentor Michael, Vettel added: “He deserves his shot this weekend and hopefully we’ll see him not only here but for another Friday this year and then hopefully in a race seat next year.

“I think it’s just the beginning for him,” the Ferrari driver added at the cold Nurburgring circuit, “but it definitely will not be an easy start with these conditions.”