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Mick Schumacher failed to impress Haas bosses in his two-year stint with the team. If rumors are to be believed, the American team might announce Nico Hulkenberg as Mick’s replacement as early as tomorrow. Schumacher Jr., however, may land at Mercedes as a reserve driver as Toto Wolff drops a major hint.

While Mick’s lack of points-scoring ability is worrisome, it’s the frequent crashes that are more of a concern. Almost every time he crashes, he renders the car unsalvageable. For an arguably cash-strapped team like Haas, that is expensive and difficult to condone.

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Is Toto Wolff ready to give Mick Schumacher a lifeline at Mercedes?

According to Bild, Mick Schumacher is nearing his exit from Haas. The team could confirm his exit and Nico Hulkenberg’s arrival soon. Team principal Guenther Steiner confirmed the reports and gave an update on the situation. “We just have to clarify the details of how we’re going to do what we’re going to do.” [Translated using Google]

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While losing a regular seat will hurt Mick, the reserve driver role will keep him afloat in F1. Mercedes are currently looking for a third driver and as talks with Daniel Ricciardo seem to be going nowhere, Schumacher could well be on his way to the Silver Arrows’ camp.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said, “I make no secret of the fact that the Schumacher family belongs to Mercedes and that we appreciate Mick very much.”

A reserve driver role may not be that bad of a deal for the German driver. Sure he won’t get regular race time, but he has great chances of progressing under the tutelage of someone like Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes management.

How a reserve driver role at Mercedes might help Mick Schumacher

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After a failed qualifying in Brazil on Friday, Schumacher impressed with a splendid drive in the sprint race. He started from the back of the grid and finished P12. Going to Mercedes may help him build on that form and further sharpen his skills.

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Auto Motor und Sport’s Michael Schmidt wrote“For Schumacher, a reserve driver contract with a team that’s third in the World Championship would not be a step backwards but sideways.” Schmidt continued, “He may learn more there than with a small team in racing.”

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The coming few days could be ominous for Mick. What do you think about the whole situation? Will Mick retain his Haas seat in 2023? Or will he settle for the third driver’s seat?

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