Rumor: Haas calls off Schumacher contract talks

(GMM) Haas has called off all contract talks with Mick Schumacher for the duration of the August break, according to German broadcasters RTL and ntv.

Boss Gunther Steiner had flagged F1’s calendar break as the right time to consider the small American team’s driver lineup for 2023, with Kevin Magnussen already under contract.

But according to the German reports, Haas has now “suspended contract talks” with the 23-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher.

“Team boss Gunther Steiner is therefore no longer in a hurry to negotiate an extended agreement with the driver,” RTL announced, speculating that the latest moves in the ‘silly season’ have diminished Schumacher’s alternatives.

Guenther Steiner looking at other drivers. AutoRacing1.com has rumored McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo could be farmed out to Haas, leaving Schumacher up a creek with a paddle.

“It means Haas can now rely on the time factor, knowing full well that the team is currently the only way for the German to secure his place in Formula 1.”

Schumacher’s situation is worsened by the latest rumblings about his place in Ferrari’s driver academy, amid reports Mattia Binotto is “no longer convinced” about the German’s potential.

One last option for Mick could be leaving the Ferrari orbit to join another F1 development program – such as Mercedes’ or even Red Bull’s.

“He has improved compared to last year,” Red Bull’s top Austrian official Dr Helmut Marko told Osterreich newspaper.

“But he was always in the Ferrari program, so I never had him on my radar.”