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Schumacher: Mercedes reserve role not ‘the step that I wanted’

Mick Schumacher has shared that although the reserve role at Mercedes isn’t the move he wanted for his F1 career, it is an opportunity to improve his driving and to prove himself

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Mick Schumacher has opened up about the benefits of the Mercedes third seat, despite it not being the desired next phase of his F1 career.

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Schumacher with Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff, upon signing with the team. (Image Credit: @MercedesAMGF1 on Twitter)

After two difficult seasons at Haas, Schumacher has had to step away from a racing seat in F1, at least for the time being. The young German is, however, choosing to see the positives of his move to Mercedes, where he will back up Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in a reserve role.

Despite scoring his first F1 points last season, the 23-year-old found himself outmatched by the returning Kevin Magnussen. Ultimately, he wasn’t able to retain his drive and has been replaced at Haas by German journeyman, Nico Hülkenberg.

Even though he won’t be racing, Schumacher has confirmed that he’ll be keeping the same approach to F1 weekends to remain sharp. He confirmed this method to selected media, including FormulaNerds, following the launch of the Mercedes W14.

Schumacher also reflected on last season, upon which he is hoping to learn from and draw experience.

Although there were clear signs of progress as a driver last year – he looked more and more comfortable as the season went on – mistakes and crashes proved costly, to both Schumacher and Haas.

Already unable to operate at the cost cap level, the American team struggled with expensive accidents brought on by driver error.

Regardless of a year on the sidelines, Schumacher revealed that there already appears to be “interest” in him returning to a full-time drive in 2024.

Improving and proving himself

However, 2024 isn’t directly in front of the son of seven-time F1 world champion, Michael, so Mick isn’t “too worried” for now.

The former F2 champion’s immediate concern is with how he can best contribute at Mercedes and develop as a driver.

FormulaNerds asked the 23-year-old how important he feels joining Mercedes and this season is to both himself and his career.

“It’s definitely a privilege being part of Mercedes,” Schumacher, whose father had ties to Mercedes early in his motor racing career before making his F1 comeback with the team between 2010-12, shared.

“It is maybe not, in terms of racing, the step that I wanted, but I think that definitely, in many ways, it is another way of improving my driving and proving myself as a racing driver.”

Joining a team with the pedigree and winning formula of Mercedes will benefit the former Haas driver, but his main focus will be on assisting the team as much as he can.

“So, hopefully, I’ll be as much of a help to the team, but I’m sure that with everything the team has done in the past, but also with all the experience they have, I’ll be to spot all that for myself, so to grow as a driver and a pro.”

Featured Image Credit: @MercedesAMGF1 on Twitter

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