Michael Schumacher’s son Mick Schumacher is set to return in a Formula One car as he will be driving at the Pirelli tyre test at the Circuit de Catalunya with Mercedes next week after Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. The test will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday and will be his first in a 2023 car.
Mick Schumacher lost his race seat at Haas F1 at the end of last season and since has been a reserve driver with Mercedes backing up the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who will also take part in the Pirelli tyre test on Tuesday. Confirming this development, the Mercedes Team Principal and CEO, Toto Wolff expressed that Schumacher has been working hard on the simulator and has shared insightful input throughout the season.
“After the Grand Prix weekend, Mick will also get his first real-world taste of the W14 on the second day of the Pirelli tyre test," Wolff said. “He has done a great job with the team so far, working hard back in the simulator and giving valuable input trackside. We’re looking forward to him getting his first taste of on-track running this year, and sure it will help him in his role as reserve driver," he added.
Taking about Mick Schumacher’s on-track opportunities, Wolff talked about the competition for a seat at the Silver Arrows as the biggest reason for the German driver not having a seat s far. “It’s a difficult situation because the cockpits are taken with us," Wolff said. “Even though I wish Mick would get a seat, he would have deserved it. The situation in 2024 is so unfavourable," he elaborated.