Mercedes Elevates Vesti to F1 Reserve Driver Alongside Mick Schumacher

Frederik Vesti will join Mick Schumacher as a reserve driver for Mercedes in the 2024 Formula 1 season, ready to step in for Lewis Hamilton or George Russell if necessary, while also competing in the European Le Mans Series with Cool Racing.

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‣ Frederik Vesti will join Mick Schumacher as a reserve driver for Mercedes in the 2024 Formula 1 season, ready to step in for Lewis Hamilton or George Russell if necessary.

‣ Mercedes will unveil the W15 on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, but has already announced Vesti’s role due to Mick Schumacher’s scheduling conflicts with his World Endurance Championship commitments.

‣ Vesti had a standout season in Formula 2 in 2023, securing the most wins but narrowly missing the championship title, demonstrating his potential and readiness for the reserve driver role at Mercedes.

‣ As part of the Mercedes Junior Team since 2021, Vesti has gained significant experience with the team, including participating in test and development roles and driving in F1 free practice sessions and Young Driver tests.


Mercedes is shaking things up for the 2024 Formula 1 season. They’ve got a new ace up their sleeve – Frederik Vesti. He’s the guy they’re counting on to step in for Lewis Hamilton or George Russell if the need arises. Yep, Mercedes spilled the beans to GPblog, making it official.

Vesti’s not going solo in this gig, though. Mick Schumacher will be sharing the reserve driver spotlight with him. Talk about a dynamic duo.

### Vesti: Mercedes’ New Secret Weapon in 2024

So, here’s the scoop. On a day when love is usually the headline – Valentine’s Day, February 14 – Mercedes plans to woo the world. They’ll be unveiling the W15, their latest masterpiece. But let’s not get sidetracked by shiny new cars. The real buzz from Brackley is about their 2024 lineup, and Vesti’s name is all over it.

“Mick’s juggling act with his WEC commitments means we’re doubling down on our backup plan,” Mercedes confided in GPblog. Schumacher’s going to be burning rubber for Alpine in the World Endurance Championship, taking the A424 Hypercar for a spin. Meanwhile, Vesti’s got his own dance card filled out, competing in six races in the European Le Mans Series with Cool Racing.

But wait, there’s more on Vesti. The guy had a stellar run in Formula 2 in 2023. We’re talking four sprint race victories and two main race wins. Despite being the top dog in terms of victories, he missed the championship title by a whisker – just 11 points shy of Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire.

Since 2021, Vesti’s been flying the Mercedes flag, part of their Junior Team. He’s not just been warming the bench, either. The 22-year-old Dane got behind the wheel of Mercedes’ F1 car a few times. His debut was in 2022 during the Young Driver test in Abu Dhabi. Then, in 2023, he showed his skills during the first free practice sessions at the Mexico City Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi GP. And, for good measure, he hit the Yas Marina Circuit for the Young Driver test once the season wrapped.

So, there you have it. Mercedes is playing a strong hand with Vesti and Schumacher as their reserve drivers for 2024. It’s going to be an interesting season, to say the least.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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