Of Mick schumacher at Robert shwartzman at Callum ilott, the Ferrari Driver Academy has three representatives firmly established in the race for the title of Formula 2 and logically contenders for a seat in Formula 1. However, only one will be able to reach it this year.
The stables powered by the prancing horse brand represented obvious opportunities to place these young wolves there, especially in the context where an Alfa Romeo seat is reserved for the driver of Ferrari’s choice, but it is now confirmed thatAntonio Giovinazzi will keep this steering wheel.
So only Haas remains, where it seems almost certain that Nikita Mazepin will be recruited because of his financial windfall. Mick Schumacher is in pole position to be at his side, although we cannot exclude Callum Ilott for the moment. Robert Shwartzman, he is slightly more withdrawn and less experienced than his peers despite a great potential.
“There is no place for everyone”, confirms Mattia Binotto, director of Scuderia Ferrari. “I think they’re all doing really well in F2 now, considering Mick, Callum and Robert. They have the F2 season to finish and they’re all focused on the next race in Bahrain. They are fighting for it. the championship, which is very important to them. They will have an opportunity to race in FP1 in Abu Dhabi, then they will have the young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi. “
“But we will make our own decision, and the decision will be made based on their performance to date, their progress and their potential. Our aim is not to lead them to F1 and but to lead them one day to Ferrari, in the red car. Which path they have to take to get there is of less importance. One of the drivers may have a seat in F1 next year. The others may have other opportunities, but that it’s up to us to organize that and give everyone an opportunity. “
Schumacher is currently the Formula 2 leader with 191 points ahead of Ilott (169), with Shwartzman fifth (140), and the latter are no doubt hoping to make a strong impression in Bahrain’s four events as well as at F1 testing in Abu Dhabi for prove their worth. However, it will clearly be too late. “I don’t think we will wait for the last race in Bahrain or Abu Dhabi [pour décider qui placer chez Haas]. I think that’s something we could decide in the next few weeks “, concludes Binotto.
Interview by Luke Smith
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