‘Hard to beat’ Schumacher of late, says Kevin Magnussen.

Mick Schumacher’s current contract with Haas expires at the end of the current campaign. With Haas having revealed they are weighing their options, the German driver’s contract renewal is still up in the air.

Recent comments from the sole founder of Haas Automation, Gene Haas, suggested that Mick Schumacher must score points over the next four races to retain his F1 seat for the 2023 campaign.

However, teammate to Schumacher, Kevin Magnussen has revealed that he has struggled to edge out the young driver also asserting he deserves a place in the sport.

“I think he´s been really improving over the year. He started off maybe not really liking the car and lacking a bit of confidence, but he´s really gained that,” Magnussen told reporters ahead of Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix.

“Lately he´s been super hard to beat for me. I think, the way he´s driving right now, he definitely deserves a place on the grid.

“But again, it´s totally out of my hands and I can only sort of wish him well.”

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Compared to Magnussen’s 22 points, Schumacher has only scored in two of the last 18 races. In Britain and Austria, the 23-year-old finished eighth and sixth, respectively, but neither he nor Magnussen have scored in the previous seven rounds.

With their slump in performances, Kevin Magnussen is hoping for a turnaround at the Circuit of the Americas as the Haas’ VF-22 is believed to perform better on high downforce tracks.

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“I think we generally are more happy with high downforce tracks, and this is a high downforce track, so hopefully we can be a bit more competitive,” he said.

“I think lately, some of the other teams have kind of moved ahead of us in terms of outright performance but that doesn´t mean we can´t fight them and have a chance against them.”