As a result of Haas’ decision to replace him with veteran Nico Hulkenberg, Mick Schumacher appears to be without a Formula 1 race seat for the upcoming season.
In his two seasons with the US-based team, Schumacher has not accomplished enough to persuade them to keep him on for 2023.
Hulkenberg, 35, will make his first appearance on the grid for an entire season since being sacked by Renault in 2019.
He has since participated in a few stand-in races for the Racing Point/Aston Martin team.
The son of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher has no other chance of competing in Formula One next year unless American Logan Sargeant fails to get enough points in this weekend’s Formula 2 finale in Abu Dhabi to land a drive at Williams.
Williams has stated that Sargeant, their backup driver this season, will take Sargeant’s place if he passes the test. He is currently in third place in the championship and needs to finish ninth.
In races where a meaningful comparison can be made, Kevin Magnussen, a teammate of Schumacher’s at Haas, has outqualified him 14 times to 5, scoring 12 points to Schumacher’s 25.
Schumacher’s expectations have also been dashed by a string of serious accidents.
“I don’t want to hide the fact that I am very disappointed about the decision not to renew our contract,” the 23-year-said on social media.
“It was at times bumpy but I steadily improved, learned a lot and now know for sure I deserve a place in Formula 1. The subject is anything but closed for me. Setbacks only make you stronger.
“My fire burns for Formula 1 and I will fight to return to the starting grid.”