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Mick Schumacher: Mercedes chief Toto Wolff confirms curiosity in reserve driver deal for 2023


Mick Schumacher missed out on a spot on the 2023 F1 grid after being changed by Nico Hulkenberg at Haas; Schumacher has been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2019 however might now go away the Italian crew to grow to be Mercedes reserve driver

Final Up to date: 24/11/22 7:53am


Mick Schumacher has missed out an F1 seat for 2023

Toto Wolff has confirmed Mercedes’ curiosity in signing Mick Schumacher as a reserve driver as a result of the German “simply matches” with the crew.  

Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael – who spent his ultimate three seasons of his F1 profession with Mercedes, is about to grow to be a free agent after dropping his Haas seat to Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 season.

With Nyck de Vries having left his function as Mercedes reserve driver to take up a seat at AlphaTauri, the Silver Arrows have area for a brand new backup to Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Daniel Ricciardo was beforehand linked however has joined Pink Bull and Schumacher, whose seven-time title-winning father Michael drove for Mercedes from 2010 to 2012, is now anticipated to land the function.

“Mick is somebody that has all the time been near our coronary heart due to Michael or the entire Schumacher household,” Wolff stated on the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“He (Mick) is an clever, well-mannered younger man. He is been very profitable in junior formulation.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is looking for a 2023 reserve driver

Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff is in search of a 2023 reserve driver

“We imagine that we will take care of him if the scenario had been to occur and with somebody that simply matches the crew.”

Wolff added to Sky Sports activities in Germany: “I believe he deserves a spot and now we have now to see if we will do one thing.”

Schumacher has been a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2019, however is predicted to let that partnership expire so as to pursue different choices inside the sport.

Wolff instructed it was as much as Schumacher and his supervisor Sabine Kehm to determine whether or not to take up a cope with the crew.

Mick Schumacher feels he has extracted the most out of each situation and is 'disappointed' at losing his seat at Haas.

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Mick Schumacher feels he has extracted probably the most out of every scenario and is ‘disenchanted’ at dropping his seat at Haas.

Mick Schumacher feels he has extracted probably the most out of every scenario and is ‘disenchanted’ at dropping his seat at Haas.

“We’ve not actually put pen to paper, we have not actually come anyplace near any phrases,” Wolff added.

“I am seeing it that brazenly as a result of I believe he simply matches and now we have to make it occur, if he desires to, Sabine desires to after which we see we see the place that goes to.”

Binotto: Ferrari imagine Schumacher is a good driver

Schumacher becoming a member of Ferrari’s academy in 2019 led to hopes that he might comply with within the footsteps of his father by driving for the Italian crew, however the 23-year-old now appears set to finish the connection.

Reviews surfaced halfway by the season, as Schumacher’s future with Haas grew to become extra uncertain, that he might lose the Ferrari ties, with the crew having helped him progress by junior classes and to an F1 seat.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says Schumacher is a 'great driver'

Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto says Schumacher is a ‘nice driver’

Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto stated in Abu Dhabi that whereas the crew retain a excessive opinion of Schumacher, the younger driver should do no matter is in his personal greatest pursuits.

“Mick, first, is a good driver,” Binotto stated. “I believe he has all the time progressed by his profession and I believe he has as nicely progressed in the course of the present season.

“If you happen to look again at how he began, the place he’s ending, I believe he has proven that he is able to progressing.

“We as Ferrari and Ferrari Driver Academy imagine he is a good driver now. After Haas has by some means determined for a unique selection for the subsequent season, we might want to sit down with Mick actually, making an attempt to determine what’s the very best for the longer term.”

Nico Hulkenberg says he is fresh and hungry as he prepares to make a full-time return to F1 for the first time since 2019 after replacing Mick Schumacher at Haas for the 2023 season.

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Nico Hulkenberg says he’s recent and hungry as he prepares to make a full-time return to F1 for the primary time since 2019 after changing Mick Schumacher at Haas for the 2023 season.

Nico Hulkenberg says he’s recent and hungry as he prepares to make a full-time return to F1 for the primary time since 2019 after changing Mick Schumacher at Haas for the 2023 season.

After failing to attain some extent in a really sluggish Haas automobile in his debut marketing campaign, Schumacher confirmed indicators of enchancment in 2022, ending eighth and sixth in back-to-back races in Britain and Austria.

Nonetheless, he was unable so as to add to that tally and was finally outscored by team-mate Kevin Magnussen by 13 factors.

Binotto continued: “I believe the choice is admittedly what can be greatest for him.

“We shouldn’t have any seat to supply him proper now and I believe what’s most necessary while you’re so younger in your profession is to just be sure you get the very best alternative for you.

“So we’ll be absolutely open to completely different decisions however one thing that clearly now we have to sit down with him and to conclude.”



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