Mick Schumacher is following the footsteps of his famous father Michael Schumacher as he joins the Mercedes F1 workforce exactly 10 many years right after his father retired from the sport for superior with the Brackley based mostly outfit. Schumacher who was with Haas F1 and portion of the Ferrari Driver Academy (Fda) severed ties with equally events at the stop of the 2022 time. Fda declared that the son of the 7-time entire world winner was leaving the academy after a four calendar year stint in which it backed his F2 entire world title winning championship operate and also helped get him a seat on the purchaser Haas F1 group to enter F1.

As this transpired, Schumacher introduced that he had joined the Mercedes F1 workforce as a reserve driver using up the role Nyck De Vries experienced vacated as he joins the AlphaTauri F1 group following 12 months. Schumacher will be backup for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and will be attending all the races in the 2023 season and as effectively will be the replacement driver for Hamilton and Russell in the case both can’t travel for whatsoever motive.

“The 23-calendar year-old has impressed with his maturity, technical feed-back and work ethic all through his job all attributes remarkably prized in a driver,” claimed Mercedes in a assertion.

When it experienced turn out to be ever more very clear that Haas wouldn’t be renewing the deal of the 23-calendar year-aged German, there were rumours that he could be part of Mercedes as a reserve driver. These rumours were more propelled by Mercedes staff co-owner and team manager Toto Wolff who stated that they had been operating on anything to provide Schumacher into the spouse and children.

“We also know that with two years of experience racing in Formula One particular under his belt, he will be prepared to stage into the car or truck at shorter notice to swap both Lewis or George, really should that want crop up,” Wolff mentioned in the press launch.

“Mick is a talented young driver and we are delighted to have him sign up for the Team. He is a really hard worker, has a relaxed and methodical approach and is still hungry to find out and make improvements to as a driver. These are all critical attributes, and we’re psyched for him to help us acquire the W14,” Wolff extra.

After Michael Schumacher’s legendary stint with Ferrari exactly where he gained a report consecutive 5 earth titles, he came out of retirement when the  Brawn GP was sold to Mercedes and morphed into its works team in 2010. The 7-time environment winner was with the group till the close of 2012 when he retired for fantastic and was changed by Lewis Hamilton who ironically became the gentleman break all his data include things like the stats for the most race wins.

Like his father, just after guidance from Ferrari, Mick is joining the Mercedes crew which also backed his father in the early stages of his job.

“I am thrilled to be section of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Crew as their reserve driver for 2023, and I am dedicated to give it my all to add to their effectiveness in this extremely aggressive and professional ecosystem. I just take this as a new start, and I am just psyched and grateful to Toto and most people included for placing their trust in me. F1 is these types of a fascinating planet, and you never ever quit studying, so I seem ahead to absorbing additional understanding and putting in all my efforts for the reward of the Mercedes team,” Schumacher discovered in Mercedes’ push launch.

Schumacher experienced a bizarre season with Haas in 2022 where by he did out perform his teammate Kevin Magnussen in the second half of the period but his performances didn’t convert to ample details and his driving fashion prompted many crashes which the group hopes to avoid with a additional experienced substitute in Nico Hulkenberg.

A lot of feel, the shift to Mercedes is a stepping stone toward a seat in what eventually will turn out to be the Audi F1 group, Sauber, which has also appointed McLaren’s staff principal Andreas Seidl as CEO. Audi has designed a significant offer of the point that it will be production the 1st F1 motor in Germany following decades one thing that even Mercedes hasn’t finished many thanks to its British isles-centered Brixworth functions. With the appointment of Seidl its gets an ex Volkswagen team staff who is also a German and that is why quite a few consider Schumacher could ultimately be heading there as he is not only a sound driver but also the son of the most renowned German race car or truck driver if not sportsman.

For Schumacher, Ferrari was seemingly a dead conclusion as the Italian workforce has Charles Leclerc locked down until 2025 and Carlos Sainz also tied to 2024. It also has other drivers like Robert Schwartzman in the Fda so prospects of obtaining a seat with the is effective crew have been slender. At Mercedes he can get the practical experience of doing the job with a huge team and can impress guiding the scenes like the way De Vries has managed and change that to a race seat for 2024 which possible will be Sauber.