Haas a good place to start for Schumacher – Maylander

(GMM) Haas is a good first team for likely 2021 rookie Mick Schumacher.

That is the view of Bernd Maylander, who is Formula 1’s long-time safety car driver.

Speaking to Sport1, he was commenting on what is now regarded as an open secret – that Ferrari will place Michael Schumacher’s son at Ferrari-powered customer Haas next year.

“Haas is a good training place for him,” the 49-year-old German said.

“Personally, I might have preferred Alfa Romeo a little more because they are closer to Ferrari. But it’s a good start anyway.

“Gunther Steiner is a great person and together they can build something,” Maylander added.

Schumacher is likely to be slow in his rookie year, but at least he can blame the car. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

So while Maylander is predicting a Formula 2 title win for 21-year-old Schumacher before his F1 debut, he also commented on the recent decline of Germany’s quadruple world champion, Sebastian Vettel.

“Every driver needs confidence in his car, because performance is a mix of equipment, team and of course driver,” he said.

“But I think things went pretty well in the race for him at Imola,” Maylander added. “The bottom line is that it may be the start of a positive trend for the remaining races.”