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Despite Defending Mick Schumacher for His Bright Future, Toto Wolff Puts a Lid on His F1 Hopes With a Silver Lining

Published 06/08/2023, 6:15 AM EDT

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Following your parents’ footsteps and meeting everyone’s expectations is tough enough. But it’s even more challenging when you’re Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. When he joined Haas as a rookie in 2021, he had his hopes set on becoming a Ferrari driver in a few years. If not that, at the very least, he expected to retain his seat at Haas. But owing to his less-than-ideal performances with the team—scoring just 12 points from 43 starts—he was replaced by compatriot Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 season.

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Towards the end of the 2023 season, though, Mercedes signed Schumacher as their reserve driver, his role entailing working on the simulator to help better Mercedes’ 2023 challenger—the W14—and running on-track tests for the team. While that role is fulfilling in its own way, every driver aims to be in the starting seat. Considering his good work at Mercedes, is he likely to secure a seat for 2024?

Toto Wolff isn’t too optimistic about Mick Schumacher’s situation at the moment


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While Mick Schumacher’s results during his two seasons of F1 weren’t anything to write home about, he did have a few good performances that showcased his talent. And Toto Wolff believes that talent such as his deserves a place in F1. he just isn’t sure when that opportunity will come. 

While talking to Sky Deutschland, Wolff said Schumacher’s situation is tricky. “It’s a difficult situation because the cockpits are taken with us. I would wish for Mick to get a seat, as he deserves it, but the situation in 2024 is so unfavorable.” Since Mick no longer has affiliations with the Ferrari Driver Academy, getting a seat in a Ferrari or Alfa Romeo—or even going back to Haas—seems unlikely. Most of the other teams are tied to their driver line-ups until the end of 2024, which makes getting a seat with any of them even more difficult.


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At this point, all he can do is focus on securing a seat in 2025. As per Wolff, “A few doors will open in 2025, and we’ll have to see how the situation develops at Williams. But it’s not easy.” Williams currently has Alexander Albon on a multi-year deal and Logan Sargeant, a rookie, till the end of this year. The latter has been keeping up with Albon well this season, so Williams will most likely retain him for another year. Will Mick Schumacher have to accept and be content that he can only be a reserve driver until the end of 2024, or will he fight for a drive in 2024?

Mick Schumacher’s first outing in the W14

Pirelli—F1’s tire manufacturer—conducted a test for proposed tire compounds for the 2024 season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday and Wednesday. Mick Schumacher got his first chance to drive the W14 at the test, and he was thrilled to be back in the driving seat, to say the least.


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While he has been working on the simulator throughout the season—which has garnered praise from Lewis Hamilton and George Russell for helping them secure a double-podium at the Spanish GP—this was his first time driving an F1 car since the 2022 Abu Dhabi GP.

“It was great! I learned a lot, and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “Obviously, having not driven in a while, I felt it physically, but it was good to be back in the driving seat.” He also expressed his excitement for the rest of the year and how he hopes to get this opportunity again.


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Aditi Krishnan

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Aditi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports and is essentially a sportsperson. She fell in love with F1 in 2020. It happened when her brother tuned into that first race weekend in Austria, and she knew right then and there that she had to learn everything she could about the sport.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai