Haas introduced on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend that it might not be retaining Schumacher for the 2023 season. As a substitute, he has signed veteran Nico Hulkenberg to companion Magnussen.
Though Schumacher has had some tough moments throughout his two seasons with Haas, Magnussen believes the younger German has in the end performed a very good job and has the required qualities to make sure his F1 profession is just not over.
Requested for his ideas on the Haas driver choice, Magnussen mentioned: “It is a two-way factor, proper? On the one hand, it’s totally thrilling to usher in somebody like Nico with all his expertise and expertise.
“And, alternatively, I really feel unhealthy for Mike, as a result of I understand how it feels. And I have been in that state of affairs myself.
“I believe he is performed a very good job this 12 months, I like him as an individual too. It is easy to really feel unhealthy for him.
“F1 is tough, however it’s attainable to get him again. I’ve performed it twice. I hope he retains preventing and tries to get him again on the grid.”
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22
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Magnussen says his expertise of these two spells – which McLaren dropped on the finish of its first 2014 marketing campaign, then misplaced its seat at Haas for 2021 and introduced it again to the grid each instances Had introduced – reveals why Schumacher ought to sustain. Regardless of the frustration Iman could also be feeling now.
“I actually know what it is like, to be in his place proper now,” he mentioned. “However I additionally really feel that once I’m patting him on the shoulder and saying, ‘Preserve it,’ that carries some weight, too.
“I have been again within the sport twice. I’ve proven that no person is aware of what is going on to occur; you may by no means say by no means within the sport.
“I like Mick and I believe he deserves a spot on the grid. All I can say is, I hope for the perfect for him and I am certain there is a means again into F1 for him. “
Whereas Magnussen and future team-mate Hulkenberg are most well-known for his or her post-race second in entrance of the TV cameras on the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, the Dane realizes there isn’t a drawback working with them.
“Everyone talks about our little factor in Hungary in 2017,” he mentioned. “After all, that is what everybody brings.
“However really, I’ve a variety of respect for him. And I mentioned that earlier than he joined our staff.
“I do not know him as an individual but. I’ll get to know him subsequent 12 months, and I am wanting ahead to it. I believe he will be an incredible asset to the staff.”