F1 Rumor: Mick Schumacher Admits to Being in Contact With Toto Wolff to Replace Lewis Hamilton

Published 02/11/2024, 10:14 AM EST

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With Lewis Hamilton going to Ferrari in 2025, Mercedes is in a bit of a pickle to find a replacement that would fill in the gap left by the 7x champion. Given the reputation of the Brackley squad, they should have a lot of options on their hands, both from within their team and from the outside. The likes of Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz, and even Sebastian Vettel have been linked with Mercedes. Now, in a recent report, Mick Schumacher has said that he has been in contact with Toto Wolff regarding the vacant seat.

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Mick Schumacher, who was let go by Haas at the end of 2022, was picked up by Mercedes for the role of reserve driver in 2023 with a promise of looking out for his future. Will Mercedes and Toto Wolff consider promoting from his reserve driver duties to fill in the big shoes of Lewis Hamilton? Well, Mick seems to be confident about it. According to a recent tweet from Fastest Pitstop, the German has said, I think few people know how good I am, suggesting that there might be a possibility he will be back on the grid in 2025.

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According to es.motorsport.com, Mick Schumacher has expressed his interest in taking the opportunity if Mercedes is willing to put its faith in him. While he acknowledged the pressure that comes with being in a Mercedes, especially when you’re replacing one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, he also said that he can handle the pressure. However, he knows that Toto Wolff will not gift the drive to just anyone, you’ll have to prove yourself first. And after 2 disappointing seasons in F1 with Haas, Mick has to build his reputation back up. I have a chance, I just don’t know how big it is yet, I hope I can recommend myself, he said.

In 2024, Mick Schumacher will continue to serve his role as the reserve driver for Mercedes while also taking part in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) for Alpine. And for Mick, his performance in the WEC will play a big role in proving himself to Toto Wolff that he has got what it takes to be in Formula 1.

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While Mick Schumacher is getting his hopes high for a Formula 1 drive in 2025, he faces some tough competition from within the Mercedes camp.

Mick Schumacher is up against Frederik Vesti and Kimi Antonelli

Mercedes recently signed its junior talent, Frederik Vesti, for the role of reserve driver alongside Mick. With his performance last year in F2, just missing out on the championship in Abu Dhabi, he has made a strong case for himself to be promoted to F1.

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But the real threat to both of these drivers is the 17-year-old Italian, Andrea Kimi Antonelli. who was promoted by Mercedes into F2 directly from Formula Regional, skipping F3 altogether. Kimi Antonelli has already been touted as the next Max Verstappen of F1, and if he manages to repeat what he has been doing, he might just be the replacement Mercedes are looking for. Toto Wolff suggested that they might go for a bold move for 2025, and with Kimi turning 18 next year, he’ll surely be on Toto’s radar.

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