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Nico Hulkenberg Replaces Mick Schumacher At Haas

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After months of speculation, Haas has finally confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will replace Mick Schumacher for the 2023 F1 season.

The 35-year-old German driver last held a full-time seat in F1 back in 2019 for Renault but has made a number of reserve driver appearances over the years, including stepping in for Sebastian Vettel for two races this season in Bahrain & Saudi Arabia.

Despite a mid-season resurgence from Mick Schumacher, including a 6th place finish in Austria, the 23-year-old couldn’t do enough to persuade Haas to keep him on for another year. Schumacher has also had a number of crashes this season which has cost the American team a sizeable chunk of money, which won’t have helped his situation.

What Next For Schumacher?

Alongside him losing his Haas seat, Schumacher has also been let go by Ferrari, where he was part of their Ferrari drivers academy.

With just one seat remaining on the grid for next season at Williams (which looks like Logan Sargeant will get it), there isn’t an immediate route back into Formula One for Mick.

There’s talk of him taking up a reserve driver role with Mercedes, who lost reserve driver Nick de Vries to Alpha Tauri for next season.

Schumacher’s 2022 Season So Far

Best result: 6th (Austrian GP)

Total points: 12

Best qualifying position: 6th (Canadian GP)

How Will Hulkenberg Do?

Despite not having his own race seat since 2019, Hulkenberg is a solid choice and will likely pick up points if given a decent car. He will definitely be a lot closer to Magnussen than Schumacher was, and it seems Haas’ strategy has changed from giving rookie drivers a chance to backing themselves to deliver a good car where drivers can compete for points.

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