Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is adamant that rookie Mick Schumacher is ready for his Formula 1 debut.
Schumacher won the F2 championship last year and is one of three rookies on the 2021 grid. Steiner has relieved the pressure on Schumacher, saying he will need time to adapt to the challenges of driving an F1 car.
"I would be very happy if Mick gets his first points with Haas," said Steiner to RTL. "The goal is that Mick stays with us at least for two years. In the first year, even experienced drivers, need a few races to understand the new team.
"Every team is different, an experienced driver might need 4-10 races and a rookie maybe a whole year. Only in the second year, you can make/see progress. Mick is very professional. He can‘t wait to get started. I would say he is very well prepared."
Haas go into the season on the backfoot with an all-rookie pairing, Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. The team had their worst F1 campaign last year, scoring just three points to finish ninth in the constructors' standings. They hope to improve on that tally in 2021.