If it’s up to Mick Schumacher, Haas F1 doesn’t need an experienced reserve driver for 2022. The idea was suggested by team boss Guenther Steiner, but Schumacher says a reserve driver would be superfluous: “Especially if you know they don’t get the chance to drive much.”
Haas F1 team boss Guenther Steiner recently spoke about the possibility of hiring an experienced reserve driver for 2022, who could not only support the two rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, but also help the team develop the new car. “You’re absolutely right, we don’t have a reference, that’s something we miss,” said Steiner. “And what we lack is an experienced driver. I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to do that, as there are multiple ways to go about this. We’ve talked about it a bit, but haven’t really acted yet.” If it is up to Schumacher, there is no need for a reserve driver.
“Honestly, I think we’re already getting the most out of the car,” Schumacher told Motorsport.com. “I don’t think it’s necessary. Especially when you know that reserve drivers don’t get the chance to drive much. Of course we don’t know what that would be like, but I think we are doing our best and some qualifying shows that we are able to get the most out of the car,” said the German.
On the other side of the garage, Mazepin opens up a bit more to the idea of an experienced reserve driver. “I’ve never been asked that question. I don’t think it’s up to the drivers to decide that and it wouldn’t be right. If asked, I’d say more help would be good. So I would be open to any solution. But Guenther is the team boss and in the end he has to make the decisions, not me. I’m too young for that,” said Russian driver.