Ralf Schumacher has suggested that the Haas Formula 1 team could potentially drop Kevin Magnussen for the 2023 season.
One of the final seats on the grid for next season is currently available at Haas, with it expected to go to either incumbent Mick Schumacher – Ralf’s nephew – or Nico Hulkenberg, with Kevin Magnussen already on a ‘multi-year’ deal with the team.
However, six-time Grand Prix winner Ralf has suggested that Haas might be better advised to retain Schumacher, and replace Magnussen with Hulkenberg.
Schumacher on Magnussen
With Mick Schumacher is his second F1 season, he has come in for criticism for a number of unforced errors, with heavy shunts in Jeddah, Monaco and Suzuka drawing a public rebuke from Steiner.
However, his form improved partway through the season, with strong points finishes at the British and Austrian Grands Prix helping his case for staying in the sport.
Speaking to Sky Germany, Ralf Schumacher points to this upturn in form as a case for retaining Mick Schumacher.
“Anything is possible, of course, especially if we look at the last few races,” said Schumacher.
“Who knows, Magnussen may not be so firmly in the seat anymore.
“If we look at the races since Silverstone, we have to conclude that Mick is the more stable and better of the two drivers – and who has also had some bad luck with wrong strategies.
“In the last race [Mexcio], Mick was sometimes up to six-tenths faster than Magnussen – so let’s wait and see for the next few races. I hope Haas make a decision soon.
“Maybe, next year we will have two Germans on the Formula 1 grid.”
Since the British GP in July, Schumacher has finished more races ahead of Magnussen than vice versa – five vs four when both cars finished – although the Dane has scored points more often.
As of the Mexican Grand Prix, Magnussen has 24 points and is 13th in the Drivers’ Championship, while Schumacher’s tally of 12 puts him 16th in the standings.
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