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Toto Wolff on Mick Schumacher’s ‘difficult’ future in Formula One

Following a rollercoaster 2022 season, Mick Schumacher was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg at Haas. Now the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is sitting the 2023 season out, as he became the Mercedes reserve driver at the end of last year

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff believes the Formula One grid in 2025 may provide an opportunity for Mick Schumacher, with 2024 looking “unfavourable”

Mick Schumacher has completed two years as a full-time Formula One driver, but sits this year out as the Mercedes reserve driver
Mick Schumacher has completed two years as a full-time Formula One driver. But he sits this year out as the Mercedes reserve driver. (Image Credit: @SchumacherMick on Twitter)

After two years with the American outfit, 2020 Formula Two champion Mick Schumacher was dropped from Haas at the end of the 2022 Formula One season. The young German was soon picked up by Mercedes, as the Silver Arrows signed Schumacher as their reserve driver for this year.

But the 2021 rookie will be itching to get back behind the wheel and find a new full-time seat at the pinnacle of motorsport. However, such a goal may be too difficult to achieve in this highly competitive period in Formula One.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff understands this challenge all too well. The team boss recently spoke to Sky Sports Germany regarding Schumacher’s “difficult” future in the sport. He said:

“It’s a difficult situation because the cockpits are taken with us and I would wish for Mick [Schumacher] to get a seat, he would have deserved it. The situation in 2024 is so unfavourable. In 2025, a few doors will open again.”

He continued, “We have to be careful because if we support Mick too much, then there are those who want to make it particularly difficult and then come crawling out of their holes.”

Will Schumacher have to wait another year before returning to the sport?

Could Schumacher’s future lie at Williams?

Whilst speaking to Sky Sports Germany, Wolff seemed to allude that Schumacher may have a chance of driving for Williams. The Mercedes boss said, “We’ll have to wait and see how the pace develops at Williams.”

In recent weeks, Logan Sargeant’s seat at Williams has come under fire. Aside from the American’s strong debut in Bahrain, Sargeant has failed to finish above P16 this season. The 2023 rookie crashed in the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix. And at the following race weekend in Azerbaijan, Sargeant had to be withdrawn from the F1 Sprint after crashing out of the Sprint Shootout.

If Sargeant fails to improve, could Schumacher replace the young American at Williams? Or will the German driver have to find a seat elsewhere?

Feature Image Credit: @FastestPitStop on Twitter

  1. The sacking rumor was unfounded from the get-go as Sargeant hasn’t underperformed per se & most importantly, has fared better than Latifi, which was the minimum expectation.
    Even James Vowles doesn’t expect him to outperform Albon, so sacking isn’t an intention but keeping him for the long term.
    I doubt Mick would make a full-time return next season because all teams have clear driver plans for the medium to long term, i.e., the same story as with Danny Ric.

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