Mick Schumacher: Mercedes move ‘win win’, says uncle Ralf as ex-Haas driver gets new chance in F1

Mick Schumacher will deputize for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell next year after losing his seat at Haas and his relationship with Ferrari. Sky Sports in Germany Critic Ralf Schumacher, Mick’s uncle who drove in 180 races, has his say on the go

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Mick Schumacher speaks after moving to Mercedes as reserve driver for 2023 after losing his seat at Haas

Mick Schumacher speaks after moving to Mercedes as reserve driver for 2023 after losing his seat at Haas

Mick Schumacher’s move to Mercedes is seen as a “win-win” according to Ralf Schumacher, who believes his nephew can boost his Formula 1 reputation while acting as a backer for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in 2023.

Schumacher, having lost his Haas seat after two years on the grid as well as his relationship with Ferrari, was hijacked as reserve driver by Mercedes last week, bringing together two of motorsport’s biggest names.

Mick’s father Michael, a seven-time world champion, went to Mercedes to end his career (2010-12).

The player’s uncle, 24-year-old Ralf, a famous and successful F1 player, praised Schumacher’s deal, which saw Mick replace Nic de Vries with the club.

“I think it’s a win-win situation,” said Ralf Schumacher, who has driven 180 F1 races. Sky Sports in Germany.

Ralf Schumacher (left) with his nephew Mick

Ralf Schumacher (left) with his nephew Mick

“First, for the team they have a great driver, if they need a short-term replacement, if for some reason one of the drivers can’t drive.

“And the next of course is that now he’s in the team where he can learn a lot, first of all with a new structure, a great structure.”

Ralf had previously been critical of the way Haas handled his nephew’s exit, saying their behavior was “abnormal” and that team boss Gunther Steiner was “a self-promoter” who did not “accommodate with the fact that someone else is the focus”.

“For me, I think it’s a great opportunity,” he added of Mick joining Mercedes. “Because he now has an experienced team, with experienced teammates and, above all, for a change, a team that is happy to be there.”

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

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

What will be Schumacher’s role in 2023 and what next?

Mick Schumacher will take an active part in Mercedes’ pre-season development of their W14 car next year, while – present at weekends – he may get the chance to test and drive it.

Ralph believes it could be valuable not only to Mercedes, but also to Mercedes-powered Aston Martin and Williams.

“I think that’s the power that Mick can have, to get in there and beat the gas.

“However, please don’t just think of Mercedes, there is nothing wrong with that, but at some point there may be a problem for the teams that are running Mercedes and then they can turn to someone who is fresh from the season and knows all the tracks and knows all the handling of the cars.”

Speaking of Schumacher’s future, Ralf floated the idea of ​​Audi – which will compete in Formula 1 as a works team from 2025 – as an option.

“He has the opportunity to develop further,” he said. “He deserves and belongs to the opportunity – indeed to drive a car – but at least as a substitute for test drivers and as a third driver.

“I think that’s great, but I can also imagine Audi [could be interested] Since there really aren’t any German drivers on the market.

“But that’s still a long way from that point of view. I think his place is now in perfect hands and others will tell us. The nice thing is, starting at the age of 24, I think he’ll have a big chance again, no matter where.”

Wolff: Mick a victim of ‘brutal’ F1

Mick Schumacher signs Mercedes contract with team principal Toto Wolff

Mick Schumacher signs Mercedes contract with team principal Toto Wolff

Speaking before the deal was announced, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff praised Mick’s character and felt he was the victim of a “brutal” sport.

“I really like Mick and the family – how they raised their children with such an incredibly famous name – and I think he deserves a chance,” said F1’s Wolff. beyond the network Podcast. “He won the junior series and it’s not easy.

“Things can go against you in your early years in Formula 1. He was under pressure to make it happen and that doesn’t help, Formula 1 is brutal.

So maybe, in a way, getting a year off as a third driver – Daniel-style [Ricciardo is doing at Red Bull] – It can be a good idea to re-evaluate yourself, bring yourself to a better place, and then find a seat again.

“He always impressed me with his personality.”


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