AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost has mentioned he charges Mick Schumacher extremely and regarded him as a candidate for a seat in 2023.
Mick Schumacher is not going to be racing in Method 1 in 2023, with the previous Haas driver dropped by the American-led squad after two seasons in favour of the returning Nico Hulkenberg.
Son of seven-time F1 World Champion, Michael, Schumacher was unable to discover a seat elsewhere on the grid however has since been signed up by Mercedes and Toto Wolff to develop into the Brackley-based squad’s reserve driver.
AlphaTauri group boss Franz Tost has revealed that he was personally keen on signing Schumacher for his group earlier than the Pink Bull-owned squad plumped for Dutch racer Nyck de Vries after his attention-grabbing factors end at Monza whereas deputising for the sick Alex Albon.
AlphaTauri had the luxurious of having the ability to consider different drivers, as they’d Pierre Gasly beneath contract for 2023, however Pink Bull had indicated they have been prepared to launch the skilled Frenchman for pastures new – offered they’d an acceptable substitute.
American driver Colton Herta regarded like a shoo-in for the seat, however tremendous licence points prevented Pink Bull from signing the IndyCar star.
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Tost revealed that he would have favored to have had Schumacher, had the choice been one for him to solely make.
“He was a difficulty [of conversation] for me, personally,” Tost informed Germany’s RTL in dialog concerning the 2020 Method 2 Champion.
“I’d even have favored to have Mick within the automobile,” he continued, expressing his stance that “Mick is proficient and that he additionally has what it takes to drive efficiently in Method 1.”
With Schumacher discovering refuge at Mercedes as he goals to discover a approach again to the grid, Tost reckons it’s a great dwelling for the younger German as Mercedes are a “very, excellent group, probably the greatest in Method 1, so, in fact, he can be taught a terrific deal.”
Tost additionally expressed hope that Schumacher will get the possibility to drive the Mercedes W14 on observe in a Friday apply session throughout 2023, as a way to give Schumacher “self-confidence and technical understanding and hopefully convey him again to the beginning grid sooner or later.”
Tost defined that no strikes have been made to strive bringing Schumacher into the Pink Bull fold in some capability, as a consequence of his standing as a Ferrari Academy driver – Ferrari since releasing him from their roster.
With Pink Bull’s Helmut Marko beforehand saying no to Schumacher due to his Ferrari hyperlink, Tost informed RTL that there have been “political causes” behind not signing Schumacher as it might have required in depth negotiations with Ferrari.
“It then by no means got here to an obligation,” Tost mentioned. “However, personally, I feel very extremely of him.”