Sakhir (dpa) - In the palm-lined paddock in Bahrain, the US racing team Haas was also covered in matters of Mick Schumacher.
There was only limited public movement in the debate about a Formula 1 future of the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher.
Team boss Günther Steiner announced at a media round on the question of the future Haas driver pairing: "We will make an announcement soon."
The South Tyrolean did not provide any further details before the third last race of the season on November 29th (3.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky).
He asked to refrain from further questions.
Mick Schumacher is a hot candidate for the penultimate in the Formula 1 constructors' championship.
In Bahrain, the 21-year-old could not only win the Formula 2 title, but also make his promotion to the premier motorsport class perfect.
At Haas there would be room for talent from the Ferrari academy.
The previous regular drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have to leave the team, which works closely with Scuderia, at the end of the season.
In the past, Steiner has repeatedly expressed his appreciation for Schumacher jr.
He even described an obligation by the German, whose father won the desert premiere in Bahrain in 2004, as "an honor".
At the same time, however, Steiner pointed out that one was talking to “several people”.
Another young candidate is the Russian Nikita Mazepin (21), who, like Schumacher, currently drives in Formula 2 and is sixth in the drivers' standings.
Haas has two cockpits on offer, Schumacher has one goal: Formula 1. The racing series that his father once shaped with seven World Championship titles, 91 Grand Prix victories and 68 pole positions.
"I feel ready for Formula 1," assured Mick Schumacher over the past few weeks and months.
The longing for Formula 1 is "deeply rooted" in him.
Ross Brawn, the mastermind behind Michael Schumacher's World Cup titles, also knows the son very well.
“It was fascinating to see him grow up,” the Formula 1 sports director recalled in the “Gazzetta dello Sport”.
The last two seasons of Mick Schumacher, who as the front runner turns 22 points ahead of the Formula 2 home straight, were "very promising".
“We don't know how he'll fare in Formula 1, but he's incredibly mature and balanced.
I am optimistic, he has quality and competence, ”emphasized Brawn.
The Briton has long known that the name Schumacher can also be a burden.
"Obviously he's under a lot of pressure, there's no doubt about that, but so far he's handled it well," said Brawn, who thinks the son is "under surveillance all the time."
"With a world champion father like Michael, the legacy is even more difficult, but I keep my fingers crossed."
Mick Schumacher's father Michael had finally ended his career at Mercedes after a three-year Formula 1 return at the end of the 2012 season.
A year later he had a serious accident while skiing in the French Alps.
When he fell with his head on a rock on December 29, 2013, Schumacher suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
Since then he has lived shielded from the public.
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