Bernie Ecclestone savages Mick Schumacher in demand to F1 star

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Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has landed a savage blow on Haas driver Mick Schumacher, telling the German to walk away from F1. Schumacher is in his second season with the manufacturer and has struggled this season accumulating just 12 points with a best placing of sixth coming at the Austrian Grand Prix in July.

The 23-year-old, who failed to pick up a single point in his first season with Haas, has been left to wait to find out if he will retain his seat for a third year in F1. Haas are the last team to confirm their line-up for next season with Schumacher believed to have competition from Nico Hulkenberg for the seat.

However, former F1 boss Ecclestone has made his own verdict on the youngster who won the Formula 2 championship in 2019 and says that the Schumacher name is his ‘biggest burden’. “I think he should find another racing class and leave Formula 1,” said Ecclestone talking to GermanRTL.

Ecclestone went on to says that Schumacher is failing to live up to the reputation of his seven-time world champion father Michael Schumacher. He added: “Schumacher’s last name is his biggest burden, but Mick tries to live up to his family name as best he can.

“However, he does not succeed. So I would say: forget Formula 1.” It is believed that Schumacher is set to be replaced in the second Haas seat by former Renault driver Hulkenberg, who last raced full-time in F1 back in 2019, but has made brief appearances as a reserve driver since.

Hass boss Guenther Steiner told German broadcaster ntv that the team were ‘close’ to announcing their line-up for next year. Steiner has been criticised for the delay in confirming who will partner Kevin Magnussen next season.

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Schumacher’s uncle Ralf has claimed that Haas should continue to build their team around his nephew rather than select 35-year-old veteran driver Hulkenberg. However Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has the same verdict as Ecclestone on Schumacher.

“The situation at Haas is they have an experienced driver in Magnussen and if there was a great up-and-coming talent, I would bet on him,” Marko said. “But I don’t see anyone at the moment who would have these requirements. And from a team perspective, there’s a lot of money at stake in the constructors’ world championship. Whether you’re tenth or eighth, that’s a difference of millions of dollars. I assume Haas will bet on a veteran.”

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