2020 F2 champion Mick Schumacher contested two seasons with Haas but was moved aside in favour of Nico Hulkenberg for 2023, with Schumacher becoming the reserve driver at Mercedes. The driver who has been on standby for Mercedes and their customer team McLaren, Schumacher was seen playing an important role behind the scenes for Mercedes in the simulators. The reserve got a chance to drive the Mercedes W14 for the first time and completed a whopping 152 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya.
"It was great! 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 with the tires 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," Mick said.
He also shared a post on Twitter, which read, “What a feeling being back in the car - and that in a @MercedesAMGF1, Super grateful for the opportunity. Thank you!”
Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, and fellow reserve driver George Russell also joined Schumacher on the second day of the Pirelli tyre test in Barcelona. Both the teams racked up more than 600 laps during the test.