Schumacher signs for Mercedes
Mick Schumacher lost his full-time seat at Haas, but he has found a new role as Mercedes’ third driver.
Mick Schumacher signed up as a reserve driver for Mercedes for 2023. The move was announced in a statement by the brand on Thursday. The German driver, after disassociating himself with Haas and the Ferrari Academy effectively ends up in the same team with which his father competed in F1. Schumacher’s role will be focused on working with the simulator during the ongoing development of the W14 with which the Brackley-based team hopes to triumph again.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team as their reserve driver for 2023, and I am committed to give it my all to contribute to their performance in this very competitive and professional environment. I take this as a new start, and I am just excited and grateful to Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team principal and CEO] and everybody involved for putting their trust in me. F1 is such a fascinating world, and you never stop learning, so I look forward to absorbing more knowledge and putting in all my efforts for the benefit of the Mercedes team,” said Schumacher, who finds a place in F1 after leaving Haas .
Mick joins the team after spending the last two years racing for the Haas F1 Team. He entered 43 races and scored his first points at the 2022 British Grand Prix with an eighth-place finish. The following week he achieved the best result of his career with a sixth place finish at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.
Toto Wolff, for his part, positively values the addition of the German and highlights his talent at the wheel: “Mick is a talented young driver and we’re delighted to have him join the team. He is a hard worker, has a calm and methodical approach and is still hungry to learn and improve as a driver. These are all important qualities. We also know that with two years of experience racing in Formula One under his belt, he will be ready to step into the car at short notice to replace either Lewis or George, should that need arise.”