Mick Schumacher’s likelihood to compete in Formula 1 in 2023 is growing. In addition to the common Mercedes staff, he shall be obtainable to switch Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at McLaren. As McLaren introduced on Twitter, the standard staff has reached an settlement with the engine provider. The necessary seat adjustment has already taken place, with Schumacher visiting Woking for this goal.
It is uncertain whether or not this association applies to all Grands Prix, as IndyCar driver Alex Palu is truly McLaren’s official take a look at and reserve driver. The Spaniard will spend the whole 2023 IndyCar season with Chip Ganassi, so he might not be concerned if there is a battle with Formula 1. Schumacher could possibly be the reserve this weekend, because the younger German will go to all 23 races of the season in his Mercedes.
New McLaren staff boss Andrea Stella will also work with Schumacher once more. The Italian was as soon as the efficiency engineer for Mick’s father Michael throughout his legendary years at Ferrari. Interesting: At the time, McLaren-Mercedes was Schumacher’s arch-rival, particularly with Mika Hekkinen on the wheel. Now son Mick can be a part of this racing staff. His affiliation with Ferrari was severed earlier than Schumacher moved to Mercedes.
For Schumacher, the main focus is on his work with the Mercedes manufacturing facility staff. The seat changes have been carried out at Brackley earlier than the driver of the brand new Silver Arrow made the detour to McLaren. In addition to his reserve driver function, intensive coaching work is also deliberate for Schumacher at Mercedes.
It is not but identified whether or not Schumacher shall be used within the different two groups with Mercedes engines. Aston Martin has two drivers below contract, Formula E World Champion Stoffel Vandoorne and F2 Champion Felipe Drugovic. The scenario is completely different at Williams, the place solely the grasp pairs of Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant have been named to date. Schumacher should also give hope to his test-driver predecessor Nick de Vries: he has been allowed to drive Mercedes and Aston Martin in FP1 in 2022, in addition to the Grand Prix for Williams at Monza for Alex Albon. He was also obtainable at McLaren as a replacement for the ailing Lando Norris in Brazil, however the Briton has since dropped out.
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