Mick Schumacher will not race in Formula 1 next season after a turbulent few months with the Haas team.
In his place will be ex-driver Nico Hulkenberg who will race alongside Kevin Magnussen from March 2023.
Schumacher, the son of seven-time champion Michael, landed on the Formula 1 grid after a triumphant season in the Formula 2 championship, but since beginning his journey with Haas, has been under pressure to perform amid a run of crashes.
In a recent interview, team owner gene haas had said the German driver had to score points in the final four races to retain his place within the team but said he “costs a fortune” as a result of numerous incidents.
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“I would like to thank Mick Schumacher for his contribution to the team over the past couple of years,” said Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.
“Mick’s pedigree in the junior categories was well known and he has continued to grow and develop as a driver in his time with Haas F1 Team – culminating in his first Formula 1 points-scoring successes earlier this season.
“While choosing to go in separate directions for the future the entire team wishes Mick well for the next steps in his career path and beyond.”
Schumacher was not quoted in the official press release, but posted shortly after on social media: “This is going to be my last race with Haas.
“I don’t want to hide the fact that I am very disappointed about the decision not to renew our contract. Nevertheless, I would like to thank both Haas and Ferrari for giving me this opportunity. Those years together have helped me mature both technically and personally. And especially when things got difficult, I realised how much I love this sport.
“It was at times bumpy but I steadily improved, learned a lot and now know for sure that I deserve a place in Formula 1. The subject is anything but closed for me. Setbacks only make you stronger.
“My fire burns for Formula 1 and I will fight hard to return to the starting grid.”
Schumacher then signed off his post with ‘PTW’, which he said earlier this season means ‘Prove Them Wrong’.