Nikita Mazepin is, no doubt, among the many worst Formulation One drivers in latest reminiscence. He had extra spins than race begins, completed twenty first within the 2021 season which noticed simply 20 full-time drivers, and was only a common dickhead to his teammate and others within the paddock. His house nation of Russia determined to wage battle on a sovereign nation through the first take a look at of the 2022 season, and in consequence the staff parted methods with Russian title sponsor Uralkali. Along with his pay driver cash dried up, the staff additionally parted methods with Mazepin, the pay driver. So, his seat is open, who’s going to fill it?
I by no means would have imagined that we would nonetheless be doing foolish season updates this late into the off season. Hell, it isn’t even the off season anymore!
Haas has confirmed that take a look at driver Pietro Fittipaldi will put in seat time within the VF-22 through the take a look at in Bahrain this week, however the staff has not but selected which driver will contest the total F1 season within the automobile. So let’s take a look at the candidates and take into consideration which one deserves it essentially the most.
The apparent first selection is Pietro himself. The child is made F1 debut with Haas on the finish of 2020, filling in for the injured Romain Grosjean, and was virtually a shoe-in for the 2021 seat. With neither Haas seat going his means, he raced 9 rounds of IndyCar with Dale Coyne’s operation and did okay-ish with a season excessive of ninth at Portland. The 25 yr outdated is a secure guess for the Haas staff, and it could most likely play nicely with the press to have a Schumacher and a Fittipaldi in a single staff. Come on, simply consider the legacy!
Gene Haas himself mentioned he’d wish to see somebody with extra expertise within the seat, which implies just one individual to me. Nico Hulkenberg has over a decade of Formulation One expertise, to not point out a GP2 championship and a Le Mans 24 win beneath his belt. Some is likely to be fast to level out that in all that point he is by no means scored a podium, nevertheless it’s not like Haas goes to be in podium competition anyway. He could be an extremely secure pair of arms for the staff, and possibly the precise selection.
My private favourite selection, nonetheless, is Antonio Giovinazzi. Having raced with Alfa Romeo throughout 2019, 2020, and 2021, the Italian by no means actually proved himself able to combating past the midpack. Towards the again half of the 2021 season, nonetheless, he actually started to indicate huge flashes of brilliance, and I feel he was beginning to come into his personal. It does not harm that he’s already supported by Ferrari, Haas’ engine provider.
There are a couple of others with an out of doors probability. Might this be American driver Colton Herta’s time to drive for the American staff, What about Oscar Piastri? That is the prospect for Haas to show it’s severe about progressing. I would like to see the staff get an outdated hand within the seat to assist Schumi Jr. progress into an actual F1 racer. If they only get one other younger pay driver, it will show the staff is not actually in it to win it.