In addition to a “loaded program” in the simulator to help the development of the silver car, Mick Schumacher will be present at all Grands Prix to immediately replace Britain’s Lewis Hamilton and George Russell should the need arise.
“Mick is a tireless worker, has a calm and methodical approach and is always hungry to learn and improve,” praised Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
After being left out of the Haas team in November, after only two seasons in Formula 1, the young driver also separated by mutual agreement from the Ferrari academy, who trained him and for whom he was also a reserve driver in 2022, he had previously announced this Thursday the Scuderia.
Freed from his ties to the Ferrari family, it is in Michael’s latest team that Mick hopes to re-emerge to return to the elite as a starting driver.
“I see this as a new beginning and I am simply excited and grateful to Toto and all the people involved for trusting me,” he said in the Mercedes statement.
Following the path of his illustrious father, who dominated F1 with Ferrari, Schumacher Jr. entered the Scuderia’s academy in 2019. Thanks to the Italian structure, he first spent two years in Formula 2 with the Prema team, being crowned champion in 2020.
In 2021 he made his elite debut with Haas, a team that uses Ferrari engines. But after 43 Grands Prix, the German failed to convince and his seat will be occupied next season by his 35-year-old compatriot Nico Hulkenberg.