As per reports, Mick Schumacher will not renew his contract with the Ferrari Driver Academy at the end of the 2022 F1 season. With four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel announcing retirement from Formula One, Schumacher is one of the top contenders for the empty Aston Martin seat.
These speculations increased as F1 journalist Sergio Rodriguez reported that Schumacher will end his tenure with Ferrari at the end of the season and will open up a possible change to moving to a team which doesn’t have any ties with the Prancing Horse. Rodriguez’s tweet said:
“I’ve been told Mick won’t renew his contract with FDA at the end of the year and is the first choice to be in Aston Martin next year! Ricciardo and Alonso are DISCARDED, Hülkenberg is the second option for the moment”
I’ve been told Mick won’t renew his contract with FDA at the end of the year and is the first choice to be in Aston Martin next year!
❌ Ricciardo and Alonso are DISCARDED
Hülkenberg is the second option for the moment#F1
— Sergio Rodríguez ✍️ (@sergiorf97) July 30, 2022
He does have qualities but he’s also very young still: Vettel
The man of the moment, Sebastian Vettel himself has praised Schumacher and has subtly endorsed the German’s move to Aston Martin. He said, “I do have my opinion. I think very highly of Mick. I’m not entirely objective because I’m very close to him.”
But I do think he’s a great driver and is a learner. He keeps learning when others stall or stop making progress. He does have qualities but he’s also very young still, he doesn’t have a lot of experience. It’s not my decision. If I’m asked I will give my opinion and not hold back. But in the end, the team will have to make that decision,” Vettel continued.
We should appreciate Sebastian now and not speculate about a successor: Krack
Aston Martin Team Principal Mike Krack was also asked about his thought on Mick Schumacher being their new driver, but he declined to comment on the rumour and said, “It’s obviously a setback for the team, but that’s life. We now have to make sure that we continue.”
“Of course, there are a lot of drivers on the list now, so it’s clear that speculation is starting. We should appreciate Sebastian now and not speculate about a successor – today and not over the weekend. We should first appreciate what he has achieved and what his opinion is. We’ll look at everything else after this weekend,”Krack added.