Ralf Schumacher is digging again at Haas after Mick’s move to Mercedes

Ralf Schumacher couldn’t resist another pit at Haas after Mick Schumacher moved into the Mercedes reserve driver role.

It seemed that hardly a racing weekend went by during F1 2022 without a member of Mick Haas’ pro-camp, more specifically Gunter Steiner, criticizing him for the way he dealt with his now former driver with Ralf going so far as to say the team boss should have had “something personal” against his nephew.

Haas’ decision to let Mick Schumacher go at the end of the season in favor of the return of Nico Hulkenberg for 2023 will do nothing to warm up the frosty relationship between the two camps and Ralf has continued to make it quite clear even when assessing Mick. A new chapter at Mercedes.

“I think it’s a win-win situation,” Ralf Schumacher told Sky Germany.

“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.

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

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

Although Mick will be spending a lot of his time inside the Mercedes garage, Ralf believes the move could also open up potential opportunities with Mercedes customer teams too – although that will likely be with Aston Martin or Williams rather than McLaren, who have a driver programme. Comprehensive across multiple disciplines.

“I think that’s the strength that Mick can have, to get in there and beat the gas,” added Schumacher.

“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.”

Ralf Schumacher You don’t have to worry anymore, Mercedes will take care of Mick

The growing nasty anger from Mick Schumacher’s camp towards Haas will do nothing to help Mick’s case for retaining his race seat for a third season, but those accusations of abuse won’t stick now that he’s secured a reserve driver role with Mercedes.

Ralph only needs to look at the incredibly strong bond Toto Wolff has developed with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton over the years and also how he has supported Valtteri Bottas, ensuring he found himself elsewhere on the F1 grid before he even thought of promoting George. Russell from Williams.

Although Schumacher’s name is synonymous with Ferrari, Michael’s early influence on Mercedes as they sought to establish the name in Formula 1 (even if initial race results did not reflect it) was never forgotten, and out of respect for his father, Mick and the rest of his family can rest assured that he is now in Good hands.

If Wolff can go as far as helping Mick get back on the grid in 2024 with another team, it would cement his reputation as someone who puts his drivers first and himself second.

Read more: Toto Wolff on why it’s the right time for Valtteri Bottas to leave Mercedes

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