Former Formula One driver Martin Brundle thinks Haas let Mick Schumacher go for a variety of reasons. Brundle thinks that the team may have grown tired of Schumacher because of his ‘entourage’ rather than just his performance or the harm he caused the team.
The German found it challenging to perform against his colleague Kevin Magnussen with each passing race. While the squad was immediately impacted, the principal of the team also received a lot of negative attention. Brundle stated to Sky Sports:
“I believe the team had had enough of Mick’s entourage and the demands that went along with it. Because Ferrari also dropped him, he is going through a terrible time.“
Since Mick Schumacher wasn’t getting better, reports that Haas team principal Guenther Steiner was scouting for alternative drivers began to spread. This prompted Mick Schumacher’s uncle and former driver Ralf Schumacher to retaliate against Steiner for failing to back up his driver.
Many people, including Brundle, believe that Schumacher deserves to stay on the grid despite the obvious harm he caused the team:
“Mick will appear elsewhere. I believe he deserves to be on the grid, perhaps in a reserve capacity.”
Brundle feels that Haas, as opposed to Mick Schumacher, wants experienced drivers
Over the previous two seasons, it is clear that Haas has struggled with rookie drivers. The team struggled greatly in 2021 with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. They scored zero points in the end.
But they did score a few goals in 2022 when Magnussen returned. Schumacher’s input was also incorporated into this. He was nevertheless released by the team. He was replaced with Nico Hulkenberg, a skilled competitor who Brundle believes is what the squad is searching for:
“Haas don’t want to attempt to bring in fresh guns because it hasn’t worked for them; they want that experience and confidence.”
Fans have conjectured that Schumacher would work as a reserve driver for Mercedes. Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, added that the organization is prepared to ‘care after’ Mick Schumacher “if the necessity arises.” He added, though, that nothing had been settled upon formally as of yet.
Wolff discussed the tight relationship Mercedes has had with the Schumacher family since Michael Schumacher’s three-year comeback to Formula 1 in 2010 with Mercedes. His collaboration with the group was beneficial to them in the early years preceding the hybrid era.