Formula 1: Mick Schumacher back full-time in 2024?
As Mick Schumacher currently sits in his reserve driver role at Mercedes, he could be lining up a return to a full-time seat in Formula 1.
After Haas chose not to bring back Mick Schumacher for 2023, he was unable to find another full-time seat in Formula 1. However, he willingly accepted a reserve driver role at Mercedes with a plan in mind regarding his future.
Being the son of the great Michael Schumacher has led Mick to be around the sport from a very young age. He has quite a good understanding of the different aspects and angles involved in Formula 1. Additionally, Mick’s connection to his father has led to the spotlight being on him for quite some time.
Some believe that the Schumacher name has led to Mick gaining a certain advantage when it comes to landing a full-time seat. Bernie Ecclestone, the former CEO of Formula 1, is one of them.
“He has to forget about this dream because sooner or later we all wake up from a dream.”
As credentialed Ecclestone may be, he has been quite harsh on Mick Schumacher, who has already worked his way up to a spot in Formula 1.
Mick, on the other hand, is working hard to make a full-time return and is making the best of his role with Mercedes. Right before the season started, he spoke about how he would go about being a reserve driver and what he hopes to gain from the experience.
He also added that his sights are set on a full-time return in 2024.
“Over the winter a few people have already mentioned that there is interest, so in that sense I’m not too worried.”
What Mick takes away from this year could hold lots of value for him going forward. Being in the garage and doing work for such a decorated team such as Mercedes has its perks.
Additionally, having the opportunity to work with the likes of Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton, and George Russell gives Mick the chance to learn up close what these great drivers do to succeed.
Teams could definitely value what Schumacher gains this year and offer him a full-time position for 2024, with the immediate expectation of improvement from 2022. The 24-year-old definitely has talent, and the confidence of a return to the grid could be what he needs to get his driving career back on track.