Mattia Binotto has said the purpose of the Ferrari Driver Academy is to produce drivers for Ferrari and that he is using partner team Haas as a testbed for Mick Schumacher.
The German will make his competitive F1 debut this year with the American Haas team. Ferrari team principal Binotto has already stated that he is keen to have the young Schumacher at Ferrari in 2023 and he now elaborates on how the Italian marque's partner team will help develop the reigning F2 champion.
"Mick Schumacher will be one of the drivers for Haas (this) year, which for us is a great opportunity, showing the strength of collaboration we’ve got,” Binotto said to the F1 website.
"Mick is part of our FDA and the FDA programme is not there to develop drivers for F1, but it’s there to develop drivers that one day may drive a Ferrari seat, a red car.
“When you move from F2 and jump into F1, the very first year cannot be a directly into a red car because that would be too much responsibility and not enough experience.
"So knowing that we’ve got customer teams or partners on which we may count to continue developing our drivers in F1 is an important element.”