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Toto Wolff believes Haas’ treatment of Schumacher would have been different if Michael was around the Paddock

Mick Schumacher is currently Mercedes’ Reserve Driver in 2023.

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has stated that Guenther Steiner’s treatment of Mick Schumacher would have been different if he was accompanied by his father.

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Toto Wolff believes Haas’ treatment of Schumacher would have been completely different if his father Michael was around him. Credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images

Schumacher was replaced at the end of 2022 by veteran Nico Hulkenberg at Haas. Over the course of two years that Schumacher spent with the team, he scored a total of 12 points. His best result came at Austria where he finished sixth.

However, this was not enough to retain his seat in Formula One. Steiner is ruthless when it comes to the performances of his drivers. Over the past three years, Haas have had two completely new driver line-ups. Steiner had been critical of Schumacher in his time with the team after some costly results and crashes.

Wolff on the other hand, admires Schumacher and his talent. Because of this, he gave the German driver the opportunity to become the Reserve driver at Mercedes in 2023.

According to Motorsportweek.com, Wolff spoke to Swiss German newspaper Blick, stating that Steiner wouldn’t have “dared” to treat Schumacher the way he did if his father Michael was around him in the sport.

“I claim that if Michael had accompanied his son during the two Haas years, Steiner would not have dared to treat Mick like that!”

What’s next for Schumacher?

Wolff has previously stated that if Lewis Hamilton or George Russell are unable to compete at a race weekend, Schumacher would be in straight the way to replace either of them.

“If one of our drivers gets Covid or gets injured, Mick will be in the Mercedes! Period, end of discussion!”

Wolff also wants to get Schumacher testing one of Mercedes’ older challengers to help him learn and grow as a driver.

“We’re trying to get an old car ready for him as soon as possible,” he said.

Schumacher will be hoping to get back into one of those 20 coveted seats in F1 as soon as possible. However, this looks unlikely to be with Mercedes at this current moment in time.

Wolff would be prepared to let Schumacher leave the team in the future if an opportunity arises for him to return to the sport full time. When that will be, who knows? However, with Schumacher’s talent, it shouldn’t be too long before we see his iconic name back on the grid.

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