Could Schumacher's seat be under threat?
Could this be Mick's last season with Haas? Antonio Giovinazzi seems to be a possible replacement, due to strong Ferrari links.
Silly season has officially begun, starting with the speculations and rumours regarding Oscar Piastri's possible entry in F1. Now it seems like another rumour has emerged, the one about Antonio Giovinazzi possibly replacing Mick Schumacher at Haas.
Haas don't look too impressed with Schumacher's performance, as the German seems to be struggling a lot with the car, and wasn't able to score any points so far this season. The car is indeed slow, but is it that slow? Kevin Magnussen would say otherwise. The Danish driver has managed to score 15 points up to this point, proving that the VF-22 isn't undriveable after all.
Antonio Giovinazzi has been in the Ferrari family since 2016, when he performed some simulator work for the team. Before joining the F1 grid in 2019, he was announced as a Ferrari and Sauber reserve/third driver at the end of 2016, participated in the 2017 pre-season testing with Sauber, and replaced Pascal Wehrlein in two races that season. He then joined Alfa Romeo in 2019, staying with the Swiss team for three seasons, until the end of 2021. Exiting F1 last year, Giovinazzi has kept close ties with Ferrari, and is currently the team's reserve driver.
As far as we know, Ferrari can very easily influence the driver lineup at both Alfa Romeo and Haas, as the Italian constructors supply both teams with engines and components. According to F1Briefings, Mattia Binotto has expressed his support for Antonio Giovinazzi, at the end of last season, and said the team would work to find the Italian driver a seat.