Haas have announced that Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have been retained for 2022 Formula One Season.
Schumacher and Mazepin joined Haas this season in a double driver change following the departures of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, although both Schumacher and Mazepin are yet to score points this season.
Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner explained that “continuity” drove the decision to retain both drivers despite underwhelming performances this season as the sport prepares for major technical regulatory changes in 2022.
Explaining why Schumacher and Mazepin has been retained in detail, Steiner said: “2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn Formula 1 – and as rookies – they’ve done a lot of that this year.
“It’s been a tough season for sure with the package we’ve had, but at the same time they’ve both embraced the challenge and worked closely with the team to learn our processes and adapt to the rigors of a Formula 1 campaign and all that brings – both internally and externally.”
Steiner went on to iterate that the team is “confident” that progress can be made next season with Schumacher and Mazepin set to receive a competitive race car next season, in order to enable both drivers to develop further and chase top ten finishes and potentially podium opportunities too.
Schumacher is delighted to continue “living my dream” after signing for a second F1 season with Haas and reflected on his rookie season, as he said: “The first year together with Haas F1 is very exciting and instructive, and I’m sure I can bring all the experience I’ve gained into the coming year.”
2022 though will bring new rules and the 22 year-old has praised the “impressive ambition” of Haas, as he looks to start fighting for points next season and move closer to the midfield fight.
Schumacher also thanked Ferrari for their support as he continues as a member of their Ferrari Driver Academy, praising them for their “trust” in him after supporting him over the last three seasons.
Mazepin meanwhile has earned himself a controversial reputation on and off track yet only released a short statement on his decision to extend his stay at Haas, as he said: “I’m very excited for next year, the new car and simply just to get the opportunity with Haas F1 Team and grow together with them.
“I think we will come out strong next year.”