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Haas will field a 'Ferrari' driver in 2022 even if Schumacher leaves

Guenther Steiner has confirmed if Haas can't retain Mick Schumacher for next year, they will take on another Ferrari junior driver.

Team Principal Guenther Steiner says Haas will place a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy in one of their Formula 1 seats next year, even if Mick Schumacher leaves. Schumacher's future in the sport is yet to be announced and should he depart Haas, the team will have to choose a Ferrari junior driver to step up to F1. The options would be Formula 2 drivers Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong or Alfa Romeo reserve driver Callum Ilott, who has taken part in some practice sessions this year. "I’m as confident as I can be that Mick will be with us next year," Steiner wrote in his column for The Race. "Mick is contracted to Ferrari, and we will be having a Ferrari driver. "If it’s not Mick, fine, they have a few other good ones. It would be ideal if Mick stays on and I’m pretty sure that that is what will happen." Schumacher previously said he was going to focus on where he will be driving in 2022 during the summer break. The German has endured several accidents in recent races, his latest one coming at the Hungarian Grand Prix during the third free practice session, which forced him to miss qualifying for a second time this season. "Obviously, you anticipate some damage with rookie drivers, but if you look at it, Nikita made a few mistakes in the beginning, but they were never big ones," said Steiner. "But with Mick in the last races we’ve had quite a few big ones and it’s a bit strange to me that these didn’t happen in the beginning of the season, it was after five or six races."

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