After the departure of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen from the team at the end of the season, Haas have confirmed that Mick Schumacher will partner Nikita Mazepin in an all rookie lineup for 2021.
Schumacher currently leads the F2 driver standings, with two races left in the season.
A young team is a totally different approach to what Haas has done before, previously partnering the experienced Grosjean with Esteban Gutiérrez in their first year before he was replaced with Magnussen from 2017.
Schumacher, who is a part of the Ferrari driver academy, is also the son of seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher. He has been heavily suggested as a potential driver for the 2021 season, especially with connections to the Ferrari-powered teams of Alfa Romeo or Haas.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) December 2, 2020
“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” Schumacher said about the news of a full-time race seat.
“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents – I know that I owe them everything. I have always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula 1.
“A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there who have supported me throughout my career. I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them.”
BREAKING: Mick Schumacher to race in F1 in 2021!
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 2, 2020
“I’m very pleased that we’re able to confirm Mick Schumacher in our driver lineup for next season and I look forward to welcoming him into the team,” Team Principal of Haas F1 Team Guenther Steiner said.
“The Formula 2 Championship has long served as a proving ground for talent to showcase their credentials and this year’s field has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive in recent seasons. Mick has won races, collected podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020.
“I firmly believe he’s earned the opportunity to graduate into Formula 1 based on his performances. We have an opportunity ahead of us, as a team, to evaluate and nurture a new driver given our familiarity with our race package heading into 2021.
“We are putting in place our building blocks for the continued long-term growth of the team and I look forward to Mick’s contributions both on and off the track in that process.”
Always believed that this dream will become true! Racing for Haas F1 Team next year is an incredible feeling, and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to everyone who supported me all the way! @HaasF1Team #HaasF1 #F1 @ScuderiaFerrari @insideFDA #essereFerrari pic.twitter.com/RgKrXUdKrk
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) December 2, 2020
It has been common paddock gossip for the last few weeks that Schumacher would get the promotion to F1 in 2021, and when Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo confirmed their driver lineup remained unchanged for 2021 all eyes pointed to Haas.
Sure enough, both Haas drivers announced they had not been retained for next season and pieces of the puzzle were soon put together.
In the world of F2, news broke yesterday that F3 Champion Oscar Piastri was to also be promoted up to the Prema Racing F2 Team meaning that either Schumacher or Robert Shartzman was out of a drive.
More news to follow.