In the round-up: AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost says that he would have been happy to offer Mick Schumacher a race seat with the team for 2023.
Tost ‘would have liked Schumacher at AlphaTauri’
AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost says that he would have been happy to offer Mick Schumacher a race seat with the team for 2023.
Schumacher was dropped by Haas near the end of the 2022 season in favour of veteran Nico Hulkenberg. The announcement came after AlphaTauri had already confirmed Nyck de Vries for the 2023 season. Tost says he would have been happy to have Schumacher racing for his team.
“I would actually have liked to have had Mick in the car,” Tost told RTL.
Tost said he was “convinced that Mick is talented and that he also has what it takes to drive successfully in Formula 1.”
Mercedes has since signed Schumacher as the team’s reserve driver for this year. “It’s a very, very good team, one of the best in Formula 1, so of course he can learn a great deal,” said Tost.
Piquet’s final race winning Benetton for sale
A 1991 Benetton B191 driven by both Nelson Piquet and Michael Schumacher has been put up for sale with car auctioneers RM Sotheby’s. The chassis number B-191-02 was originally driven by Nelson Piquet, who used it to win the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix, his last career victory in the sport
After Schumacher’s impressive debut with Jordan, the future seven-time champion signed to drive with Benetton where he completed the rest of the season, scoring four points over the final five rounds of the championship.
Benetton would finish the 1991 season in fourth place in the constructors’ championship on 38.5 points.
Mazepin’s father sought by Italian police over missing yachts
Dmitry Mazepin, father of former Haas F1 driver Nikita Mazepin, is wanted by Italian authorities over two seized yachts that disappeared from a Sardinian port.
Mazepin owns the Ural Kali petrochemical company that was title sponsor of Haas before the team cut ties after the Russian military invasion of Ukraine in March. The Italian government froze Mazepin’s assets after the European Union placed sanctions on Russia, including two super yachts belonging to him in Sardinia.
However, the two yachts have since disappeared after Mazepin reportedly hired a foreign company to employ a Sardinian captain to transport the yachts away from port, the Guardian reports. Mazepin and the yachts are now being pursued by the Italian authorities.
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