F1 Return: Mick Schumacher

The promising young driver, who is the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, has been tipped as a potential future star of the sport.

Ralf Schumacher strongly believes that his nephew, Mick Schumacher, has a fair chance of acquiring another seat in Formula One because of his association and friendship with both Mercedes and McLaren.

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The young German gentleman drove for Haas team in the previous last season but lost favor in the eyes of the team principal Guenther Steiner. Mr Schumacher was eventually replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for this upcoming season in 2023 and is ready for a drive.

The Mercedes team chose him as their reserve driver for the 2023 season. Soon after, there was an announcement that Mr Schumacher’ services will be shared simultaneously by McLaren and Mercedes this season. In a talk with Sky Sports Germany, Mr Ralf Schumacher mentioned a few things about his nephew being associated with both McLaren and Mercedes. 

He said, "It's great for the teams to have someone like Mick. He knows his stuff, he knows the tracks. Mick comes straight out of the car. It’s also a good one for his possibility. With four chances, there is a greater chance that he might be able to drive.” When he was asked if it is easy for a driver to judge if a car is good or bad in the first few laps, Mr Ralf said, “You could really tell in the first five laps how the car is. Unfortunately, it was more often negative than positive in my career. But you really knew it straight away. Like that nice as it often looks, you knew that there was another huge problem, and that it would all take a long time. You could really tell in the first five laps how the car is.”

Ralf Schumacher strongly believes that there’s a strong possibility of Mercedes team climbing its way to the front of the grid. The German team made significant progress the previous season and could continue to do that in this season too. 

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Mr Schumacher said, “We should have Mercedes on our list. They managed to bring their car back in the budget without test drives and to recognize the deficits. They also have a very strong driver pairing. The set size Red Bull will be with Max Verstappen, there’s no doubt about that. This is the team to beat.

He added that at the Ferrari team, there is always a hidden surprise, that can sometimes be really strong.  However, it has to be said that both drivers and the team made a lot of mistakes, there are some deficits.

Ferrari and Red Bull will also be involved in a battle of loggerheads at the front of the grid. It is yet to be seen which team has an advantage in this very close title battle.

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