Will Mick Schumacher continue racing in the 2023 season? Mick Schumacher, the son of legendary world champion Michael Schumacher, is eager for a return to Formula 1 after his two-year stint with Haas. While the path ahead is challenging, there is still hope for his racing career at Williams.
Schumacher maintains a relaxed and positive demeanor in public, internally he feels the weight of not currently having a cockpit of his own. In an interview with RTL/ntv and sport.de, he admitted that 2023 is the first year he is not actively racing, which is undoubtedly tough for him.
Mick Schumachers options: AlphaTauri?
The chances of Schumacher securing a permanent seat in Formula 1 this year are uncertain. The current sporting landscape in Formula 1 presents three theoretical options.
An opportunity at AlphaTauri is unlikely despite rookie Nyck de Vries has not yet scored a single World Championship point and has underperformed.
Red Bull’s sister team also poses challenges. While team boss Franz Tost is keen on Schumacher, Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko, who has reservations about Schumacher as a Mercedes-affiliated driver, keeps his distance.
Rumors emerged before the Canadian Grand Prix that Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had approached Red Bull to offer Schumacher a position, either at Red Bull or AlphaTauri. Marko did not comment on the speculation, but he made it clear that Schumacher does not fit with Red Bull’s plans. Wolff later clarified that he had never spoken to Red Bull, deeming it a waste of time.
Alfa Romeo Sauber move
Another possibility for Schumacher in Formula 1 is Alfa Romeo, potentially replacing Guanyu Zhou. According to insiders, Alfa Romeo disagrees with Zhou’s performance, but the Chinese driver brings significant sponsorship money, which Schumacher lacks.
However, a mid-season switch seems unlikely, especially considering Zhou’s contract runs until the end of 2023. The situation could change when Zhou’s contract expires, leading to a reshuffling of the cards.
Until then, Schumacher must remain visible and strive to promote himself through word of mouth, his management, or the support of Toto Wolff. Maintaining focus and being ready for immediate action are crucial for seizing any opportunities that arise.
Schumacher at Williams
A more realistic option for Schumacher could be joining Williams. There, rookie Logan Sargeant has yet to score any points, while veteran Alex Albon has shown that it’s possible to accumulate points even with the supposedly inferior FW45 car. Williams team management, led by James Vowles, will closely evaluate Sargeant’s performances before making a decision.
However, Sargeant hails from the Williams stable and brings crucial sponsorship money, which the team desperately needs. Additionally, Sargeant could be a marketable asset in the United States. These factors contribute to Williams hesitating in continuing with Sargeant.
Schumacher acknowledged that a spontaneous call from an interested team boss is unlikely due to existing contracts. His goal is to return to the car next year.
Williams becomes an attractive option due to the close relationship between Mercedes team boss Wolff, who acts as a kind of foster father to Schumacher, and Williams’ Vowles, who previously held a senior role at Mercedes. Furthermore, Williams has been using Mercedes engines since 2014, which provides another point of connection for Schumacher.
Schumacher will need to exercise patience, at least until the summer break and possibly beyond. Afterward, his chances could improve as team bosses reevaluate their options, especially at Williams.