Ought to he lose his Haas seat, Mick Schumacher’s 2023 plans might hinge on what Daniel Ricciardo decides – with each drivers linked to a Mercedes reserve driver position.
Schumacher’s place on subsequent 12 months’s grid is certainly not assured, actually it isn’t trying good in any respect.
Earlier than the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend there have been rumours doing the rounds that Haas had already determined and could be going with Nico Hulkenberg, Schumacher dropped from the line-up.
Workforce principal Guenther Steiner confirmed at Saturday’s constructors’ press convention the selection has certainly been made – and everybody will discover out what it’s in the course of the coming week.
Ought to Schumacher lose his race seat, Auto Motor und Sport says he might discover himself in competitors with Ricciardo for the reserve driver spot at Mercedes.
AMuS’ Michael Schmidt claims Schumacher and Ricciardo’s “selections are linked”, with each drivers having made it clear Formulation 1 stays their precedence for subsequent season.
“Ricciardo has already settled for a reserve driver position,” Schmidt wrote. “Schumacher must contemplate this chance within the occasion of a unfavorable choice from his crew.
“It’s additionally no secret talks have already taken place in each instances.”
Ricciardo is on the quick record at each Mercedes and his former crew Pink Bull, the latter which might probably result in him once more racing for the crew if Sergio Perez doesn’t impress.
The Mercedes door, although, is closed even for 2024 with Lewis Hamilton wanting a brand new deal and George Russell billed because the Brackley squad’s future.
Schumacher would then be Mercedes’ “first selection if Ricciardo shouldn’t be accessible”, with Schmidt saying it could be extra of a lateral transfer for the 23-year-old than it could for a driver like Ricciardo.
“For Schumacher, a reserve driver contract with a crew that’s third within the World Championship wouldn’t be a step backwards however sideways,” he believes. “He could be taught extra there than with a small crew in racing.
“And he would even be the reserve driver for a lot of the Mercedes buyer groups. Solely Aston Martin have a reserve driver from their very own ranks in 2023.
“The instance of Nyck de Vries exhibits that with so many choices, it could possibly rapidly change into a racing seat once more.”
Mercedes’ motorsport boss Toto Wolff has spoken of his curiosity within the youthful Schumacher up to now, telling RTL final season the driving force has “the potential to sit down in a prime automotive and why not in a Mercedes? However he has to go his method.
“It’s a must to give him time. Solely when a driver has the expertise, doesn’t make massive errors anymore, convert the velocity, then he can herald massive successes in a prime automotive.”
Schumacher’s father, Michael Schumacher, raced for Mercedes from 2010-12 after he was persuaded to exit retirement and return to the grid.
Mercedes, although, should not Schumacher’s solely choice, with Alpine “additionally ” in having him as a reserve as their junior, Jack Doohan, focuses on his Formulation 2 programme.
Though Schumacher remains to be part of Ferrari’s junior academy, mid-season reviews claimed this 12 months could be the final of their partnership.
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