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[Haas F1]Is Hulkenberg the top candidate to replace Schumacher? “The fans will love it,” says Team Principal – TopNews

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Haas is looking increasingly likely to replace Mick Schumacher in 2023 with Nico Hulkenberg, who was Renault’s full-time driver until 2019.

■Schumacher and Haas parting almost confirmed?

As for the son of legendary seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, rumors abound that he will lose his seat at Haas at the end of the season, with Haas team principal Gunther Steiner joining forces with Schumacher in 2023. He said the chances of signing a deal in 2019 are “fifty-fifty”.

Furthermore, the 23-year-old Schumacher is believed to have lost the support of Ferrari’s development academy.

Italy’s Corriere dello Sport reported that Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said of Schumacher:

“We said the important thing for him is to improve this season.”

“We will talk to him during the next couple of races and decide what is best for his future.”

■ Haas says he can take time to decide on drivers

And Steiner is making no secret of his consideration of a potential driver to replace Schumacher.

“In fact, we have no time pressure at all.”

Speaking to German broadcaster RTL, Steiner said he would take more time to confirm drivers for 2023.

“Everyone has time pressure, but we don’t, and that’s the advantage we keep for ourselves.”

Haas reluctant to acquire Ricardo

Steiner, on the other hand, has no intention of signing Daniel Ricciardo, who is set to lose his McLaren seat at the end of the season. Despite the fact that Ricciardo is a ready-to-use driver with a track record of eight F1 victories.

“What we are looking for is what the drivers can do to make the team better.”

“How much risk can we take? Ultimately it will follow intuition that cannot be calculated mathematically.”

“In Daniel’s situation, you first have to decide what he wants to do. There’s little point in persuading him to do anything. So if he wants to do it, we’re definitely will contact the

Steiner added:

“Otherwise he’ll say he’s going to take a break or something like that.”

■ Fans welcome Hulkenberg and Magnussen teaming up?

In any case, Haas’s favorite at the moment appears to be Hulkenberg, the 35-year-old German driver who is Aston Martin’s reserve driver this season.

If Haas chooses to use Hulkenberg next season, he will of course be paired with Danish driver Kevin Magnussen.

However, Hülkenberg and Magnussen are said to have had a feud after crashing on the track at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix final. When Hulkenberg walked up to Magnussen after the race and lashed out at him, Magnussen famously retorted, “Suck my ●●, honey.”

Doesn’t Haas feel uneasy about teaming up with those two?

Asked about this, Steiner replied with a smile:

“I think the fans will love it.”

Steiner says “most drivers with a superlicence” are currently on Haas’ shortlist, and it appears Hulkenberg is definitely high on that list.

Steiner added:

“A driver like Nico brings a lot of experience.”

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