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Schumacher’s place at Haas was “more like a decision from Ferrari”, says Steiner

Mick Schumacher in Bahrain. Credits: Haas F1 Team Media.

After winning the Formula 2 championship, Mick Schumacher was chosen as the new rookie driver for Haas. However, as Guenther Steiner said, the decision was not taken to secure a sponsor that could bring money.

The Haas Team Principal admitted that Haas was struggling with money in 2020, also due to the pandemic. That is one of the reasons why the American team chose to hire Nikita Mazepin as a new driver for 2021. His father runs Uralkali, which is the new main sponsor for Haas. 

Another sponsor is 1&1. The negotiations with it were shown in the new Netflix series Drive to Survive. In the documentary, 1&1 said to Steiner that they would agree to sponsor Haas if the team could bring Mick into the team. This because Schumacher is German, as well as the company. 

However, Steiner said that the son of the seven-time world champion was hired because of his skills as a driver, not because he could attract a sponsor such as 1&1. 

“The 1&1 sponsorship is a Haas team sponsorship, it’s not a Mick sponsorship, just to clarify that,” he said.

“There is no direct connection between 1&1 and Mick. 1&1 embraces Mick being at Haas, but this was a parallel development, not a combined development.”

Moreover, Steiner explained that Mick is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and that helped him joining a Formula 1 team.

“For sure, it helped us with 1&1, and 1&1 is very happy about having Mick at Haas. But that, it was more like a decision from Ferrari where to send the drivers and we asked if we can have him because he won Formula 2. But it is not a direct negotiation going on between the company and Mick.”

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