Mick Schumacher, who’s a Ferrari junior and had a stellar 2020 F2 season where he won the championship made a debut in F1 this year with Haas, while the team continues to struggle with their pace. So far the team’s car remains very uncompetitive, resulting in the young German not being able to score any points, managing to get into Q2 on only one occasion, and he continues to occupy the third-to-last place in the drivers championship standings. His best result so far during this season has been 13th place during the Azerbaijan GP. Despite all of this, Schumacher is still able to impress his team while consistently beating his teammate.
Haas is looking to keep their drivers for 2022. Mazepin, Schumacher’s teammate, has already signed a new contract, which has been confirmed by the team principal Gunther Steiner. The talks with the young German are also underway, but because he is signed under Ferrari and there is a third part involved in the negotiations the talks are not progressing as fast.
As Steiner said after the British GP: "There are a few things which just need to be sorted out. It's a three-way contract, obviously, because he's got one with Ferrari. There need to be a few t's crossed and a few i's dotted, and then we will get there. But Mick is not... he is [not] trying to say he's not signed, but there are agreements in place.
"But because of [the contract being] three-way it's always more difficult than when it is a straightforward one-to-one contact.”
Schumacher admitted recently that for now he is focused on his upcoming races rather than long-term contracts, but that he wishes to resolve the contract situation during the summer break that will take place after Hungarian GP.
As he said: "Obviously, my focus right now is really on here, now, and on the race," the 22-year-old said.
"You know, we have the summer break, the summer shutdown coming soon. And that's really when I will be completely on that and then focus on that."
At last weekend's British Grand Prix, Schumacher had a special helmet design for the race team at Haas to say thanks for the good memories they've had so far in 2021. The German had the names of the race team on it.
"For the names that I put on the side, obviously we are here in England and for most of the guys it's a home race. I thought it was nice to show and say thank you for the good times that we had and hopefully the good times we will have."