It’s “humbling” to hear of Mercedes’ interest in the 2023 F1 reserve role

Schumacher learned this week that he will not race in F1 next year after Haas chose not to renew his contract, instead signing free agent Nico Hulkenberg to partner Kevin Magnussen.

With all remaining seats on the F1 grid already taken, Schumacher has been left exploring other options for 2023 such as a potential reserve role.

Wolff has previously said he would seek talks with Schumacher about a position if he loses his seat at Haas, believing he deserves to keep his spot on the grid.

“Mercedes is an amazing brand and what they have achieved in Formula 1 is incredible,” Schumacher said after qualifying in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

“I’m definitely looking at my options, and Mercedes is part of it.”

Earlier today, Wolff reiterated his interest in signing Schumacher, citing the strong ties between the Schumacher family and Mercedes. Mick’s father, Michael, returned to F1 with Mercedes in 2010 after a three-year absence, and also started racing sportscars for the German manufacturer.

“Mick is someone who will always be close to our hearts because of Michael or the whole Schumacher family,” Wolff said.

“Ralf has been in a DTM for a long time for us, his son is racing Mercedes in GTs, and [Mick is] an intelligent, well-mannered young man. He was successful in junior formulas.

“We believe we can take care of him if the situation arises and someone who just deserves the team, but we haven’t really put pen to paper yet. We haven’t really come close to any terms.

“I’m seeing it that openly because I think he just fits and now we need to make it happen, if he wants, Sabine. [Kehm, Schumacher’s manager] like and then we’ll see where that goes.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG

Photo by: Michael Potts / Motorsport Images

Asked about the importance of family at Mercedes in light of Wolff’s comments, Schumacher said: “My father made the switch from Ferrari to Mercedes at the time. I don’t see any good reason why not [the same] right now.

“Agare, as I said earlier this week, I have time now so I will consider all the options that I have to then hopefully make the right decision for me.

“But it’s really humbling to hear what Mercedes and especially Toto say about me.”

Mercedes needs a new reserve driver for 2023 as its current back-ups, Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, are both leaving at the end of the season. De Vries will join AlphaTauri and race full-time in F1 next year, while Vandoorne will be Aston Martin’s reserve driver.

Mercedes also failed to sign outgoing McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in a reserve role after holding talks, with the Australian set to become Red Bull’s third driver.

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