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F1 | Mick Schumacher Believes The New Sainz-Ferreri F1 Deal Was An "Obvious Step"

Mick Schumacher of Haas F1 Team and 2019 Formula 2 Champion believes Carlos Sainz's new contract with Ferrari will not "actually alter anything" for him at Haas, calling it an "obvious step" for the team.

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F1 | Mick Schumacher Believes The New Sainz-Ferreri F1 Deal Was An "Obvious Step"
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Following a strong start at Maranello, Ferrari confirmed last week at Imola that Sainz had signed to a new two-year F1 contract running through the conclusion of the 2024 season.

It means that Ferrari will maintain the same driver lineup with Sainz and teammate Charles Leclerc until at least 2025, providing stability to the organization. 

Mick Schumacher is presently the sole Ferrari Driver Academy memeber on the F1 grid, and will begin his second season with Haas in 2022. He is also one of Ferrari's reserve drivers. 

However, considering Sainz's present emphasis on Ferrari, the German driver did not expect Sainz's new deal would have any effect on him. 

Schumacher states, "I think it's the obvious step for Ferrari, they have two great drivers, and Carlos obviously had a great season last year and also had a pretty good few races this year."

Schumacher adds, "So yeah, it was clear. For me, it doesn't really change much as my job is to do my best here now. And that's with Haas right now.”

The extension of Sainz's contract came as no surprise as Ferrari initiated negotiations during the winter, which resulted in a quick agreement.

Talking at the Drivers' Press Conference ahead of the race, Charles Leclerc was very happy that Ferrari retained the Spaniard.

"I'm very happy. I mean, with Carlos, other than being a great guy, he's also a great driver and I think one of the most important things is that we feedback the team with the same things, we want the same things from the car. And this helps the team massively to work in the same direction for both of us. And it's also an advantage, I think, for both drivers to have a long-term vision in the team, and that we can work long term. So, it's great."
Ferrari F1 chief Mattia Binotto stated that the team did not examine any other drivers for the slot, and agreed with Schumacher's assessment that it was an "obvious" choice.
Binotto states, "Carlos did very well last year, he integrated into the team, he’s a very strong driver, I think that for us, looking at the future, trying to create the right foundations, it was important to renew at that time of the season."
Binotto concludes, "So we know now from now the end of 2024, we can count on a fantastic line-up. And that’s not any more a distraction for the team.”

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