Lewis Hamilton will be looking to improve on his worst season in Formula One, 2022. He will be joined by George Russell, but also by Mick Schumacher, who has just been appointed third driver in the Mercedes team. But for the German’s uncle, one thing could push Hamilton to pack his bags and make way for Schumacher.
Lewis Hamilton will be desperate to win back the title that has been left to Max Verstappen for the past two seasons. The British driver is hoping to add an eighth title to his list of honours and become the most successful driver in history, one ahead of Michael Schumacher. In 2023, he will race with the German legend’s son Mick, who has been recruited by the Silver Arrows as a third driver.
At the moment, it is hard to see how he could get a seat at the end of the season, given that Lewis Hamilton wants to extend his contract and George Russell is the future of Mercedes. But for Ralf Schumacher, Mick’s uncle, Hamilton could leave the team at the end of the season.
“Something could happen at Mercedes”
If George Russell does better than Lewis Hamilton next season, the latter could reconsider his future according to Ralf Schumacher.
A godsend for Mick, who otherwise could bounce back to Audi in 2026.
“Audi would certainly be a good choice, both for Mick and for Audi. But something could also happen at Mercedes. Let’s imagine that George Russell is once again faster than Lewis Hamilton. Would he want to continue?
“That would be exciting. But Lewis has so much clout at Mercedes that he could decide for himself. In any case, it won’t be about money for him. He has more than enough.
“The key will be who fits the new car best. Hamilton is still a top driver, but he is not young anymore.
“The weight of the years is starting to show, so you never know. I think it could be a win-win situation for the team and for Mick,” Ralf Schumacher said.
“There could be some interesting possibilities in 2024.”
Mick Schumacher could also have the opportunity to join Mercedes’ customer teams such as Aston Martin, McLaren and even Williams.
“Toto Wolff has already said that Mick deserves to be a starter because of his skills. I think there could be some interesting opportunities in 2024. Mercedes could also have influence on its partner teams”, said the young driver’s uncle.