Wolff leaves Mercedes door open for Schumacher F1 return

Schumacher, the son of F1 legend and seven-time world champion Michael, has joined Mercedes as their reserve driver for the 2023 season after dropping his seat at Haas to Nico Hulkenberg. 

The 23-year-old German will function a back-up for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and perform an in depth simulator programme all year long. 

Wolff is satisfied about Schumacher’s potential and believes he has an opportunity to forge a pathway again to an F1 seat, both at Mercedes, or one other staff. 

However with Russell dedicated to a long-term deal, and Hamilton anticipated to agree a brand new contract, it’s possible Schumacher must look elsewhere. 

“I feel for those who give him a secure setting to develop, he can change into an excellent racer in a everlasting seat,” Wolff stated, as quoted by Bild.

“Simply as we let Nyck de Vries go to make a profession for himself, the identical may occur with Mick. Whether or not it’s with our staff or some other place. We don’t know but.

“Crucial issue is his character. He’s a well-mannered, clever and gifted younger man. In the event you take a look at his junior profession, he was excellent.”

Wolff insists Schumacher’s presence at Mercedes will profit the entire organisation because the staff seems to be to get again within the combat for world titles after a troublesome 2022 marketing campaign. 

“He’ll contribute loads by driving the brand new automobile for a 12 months,” Wolff stated. 

“He’s already been in Components 1 for 2 years, is aware of the tyres and the difficulties of the present technology automobiles. He shall be tremendous useful within the simulator and in addition in judging the automobile.

“It can assist us to have him on the observe within the debriefing room, for instance. He’s an unbelievable younger driver. That’s why we undoubtedly have a achieve with Mick in our staff.”

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