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Schumacher: ‘I loved every bit of it’ as he tests out the W14 for the first time

Mercedes’ reserve driver for 2023 Mick Schumacher got to drive the W14 for the very first time out on track at testing in Barcelona

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Mick Schumacher loved every second of testing on Wednesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he got to drive the W14 for the very first time.

Mick Schumacher out on track in the W14 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Credit: @Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team on Twitter

It was revealed during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend that Schumacher would get some track time in the W14 in testing at Barcelona.

Schumacher lost his seat at Haas the end of 2022 at, being replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 campaign. Mercedes gave Schumacher a life line in the sport by making him their reserve driver for this season.

The Brackley based team achieved their best result of the season last weekend with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and George Russell rounding out the podium in third after Max Verstappen claimed victory once again this season.

After that result in Spain, Schumacher’s uncle Ralph Schumacher, believes that his nephew has played an integral part in Mercedes’ recent success with his positive impact on the team.

A day of learning for Schumacher

During Wednesday’s test, the German driver completed a total of 152 laps at Montmeló over the course of the day. Schumacher collected a valuable amount of data and information for the Mercedes and Pirelli.

The 24-year-old was tasked with testing a new range of tyres which are set to be introduced to Formula 1 in 2024. These specific tyres do not require to be pre-heated with blankets.

Schumacher was thrilled to be able to gain some experience in the W14 as he admits he learnt a lot about the car, which will benefit him in the role that he has with the team.

“I loved every bit of it! I want to say a big thank you to everybody for this opportunity.”

“I’m very excited for the rest of the year. I’ve had a great time today and hopefully I’ll be back in a car at some point.”

“I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun. It was a very productive day; we got through everything we wanted to and ran every test tyre on the plan.”

“It was also good to have that first experience of the tyres without any blankets. Obviously having not driven in a while, I felt it physically, but it was good to be back in the driving seat.”

“This experience will definitely benefit me in my role. I have a better understanding of what to look out for and what to work on.”

“I also have a better understanding of all the procedures and how the team works trackside. That would be a key factor in case I ever have to jump in and race.”

Despite it being unlikely that Schumacher will get a permanent seat at Mercedes, he will be hoping that he can return to F1 full time on the grid for next season.

Feature Image Credit: @Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team on Twitter

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