Robert Shwartzman, another Formula 2 driver, now linked with Haas seat for 2021

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Robert Schwartzman (Joe Portlock / Getty Images)
Robert Schwartzman (Joe Portlock / Getty Images)
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• Mick Schumacher could join Alfa Romeo in 2021.

• Robert Schwartzman could also be in the running for a seat next year.

• Schumacher and Schwartzman are Formula 2 team mates at Prema.

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Alongside Mick Schumacher, another Formula 2 star is now shaping up as a likely 2021 Formula 1 rookie.

It is believed that Schumacher, who leads the 2020 points standings, is the front-runner to move up to F1 next year with Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo, currently running another Ferrari academy member Antonio Giovinazzi, is believed to have an agreement with the Maranello marque reserving one cockpit per season for a Ferrari junior.

'Deliver good results'

And according to rumours, a similar arrangement is now in the works at the other Ferrari-powered team - Haas. Haas boss Gunther Steiner recently confirmed that a Ferrari junior could replace one of the team's existing drivers for 2021 - and most thought he was talking about 21-year-old Schumacher.

In fact, it is believed Haas' talks are actually about Schumacher's Prema team mate, fellow Ferrari academy driver Robert Shwartzman. The reigning F3 champion is fourth overall in his maiden Formula 2 campaign so far this year.

When asked if he has to beat Schumacher in 2020 to get a chance of moving into F1, the Russian driver told Bild newspaper: "It's not just about us two. Everyone in Formula 2 wants to make it to F1. From my point of view, I just have to deliver good results and show that I can be a team player.

"I want to prove that I deserve a place, because I believe that those who work the hardest are the ones who take the biggest steps into the future."

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