It was confirmed that Mick Schumacher, the talented German racer and son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, is poised to make his comeback on the Formula 1 track as a test driver. Following his departure from Haas at the end of last season, the young driver has taken on the role of reserve driver for the powerhouse Mercedes team alongside Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Mick Schumacher’s First Time to Drive the W14 on an F1 Track
According to ESPN, Schumacher will be at the Circuit de Catalunya, right after the Spanish Grand Prix. He will have the opportunity to put his skills to the test during a Pirelli tire test scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. This occasion marks his first time behind the wheel of the 2023 race car of Mercedes, the W14, allowing him to experience its cutting-edge technology and enhancements firsthand.
Team principal Toto Wolff expressed his confidence in Schumacher’s capabilities, acknowledging his dedication to the team. Throughout his time in the simulator and trackside, Schumacher has showcased his talent and provided valuable insights to aid the team’s progress.
Tuesday will see Russell take the wheel while Schumacher will seize the opportunity to demonstrate his prowess on the following day.
Rumored Plans for Mick Schumacher
There have been great expectations with Schumacher as soon as he officially debuted as a race car driver, owing to his pedigree as the son of a seven-time world champion. With that, he didn’t disappoint when he captured titles in both the Formula 2 and Formula 3 scene.
Eventually, he was signed by Haas but was eventually dropped due to his lack of experience and inability to keep up with his partner, Kevin Magnussen, when it comes to scoring points for his team. Nevertheless, he was signed up by Mercedes F1 as a reserve.
Reports say that Mercedes has its sights on him as a potential partner for Russell on the frontlines should the contract negotiations with Hamilton fail. But then again, the star driver of the team has already denied rumors of his possible switch to Ferrari.