Mick Schumacher, son of former world champion Michael Schumacher, failed to secure a seat in Formula 1 but remains a test and reserve driver for Mercedes and will compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), while also considering a move to Super Formula in Japan.
‣ Mick Schumacher, son of former world champion Michael Schumacher, has failed to secure a seat in the Formula 1 grid but remains active as a test and reserve driver for Mercedes.
‣ Schumacher has decided to start working in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), stating it was the option with the least cons and the most pros.
‣ He revealed that he had also considered a move to Super Formula in Japan.
‣ Despite his involvement in WEC, Schumacher reaffirms that a return to F1 is his priority and if needed, a Grand Prix will take precedence over participation in WEC.
The Schumacher name, a beacon of prestige in the world of Formula 1, is conspicuously absent from the grid. Mick Schumacher, son of the former world champion Michael, has once again missed out on securing a seat. But don’t think he’s sitting idle.
The German driver remains in the thick of things as a test and reserve driver for Mercedes. He’s also branching out, dipping his toes into the World Endurance Championship (WEC). This is a whole new ball game, quite different from Formula 1. It seems other racing categories were also on the table for Schumacher.
When asked about his decision, Schumacher had a candid response. “You always think about what’s out there,” he told various media outlets, including GPblog. He went on, “What are the options? And you kind of try and make a pro and cons list.” For him, WEC was the clear winner. “It was the one with the least cons and the most pros. It was pretty easy for me to decide that that was a challenge to go for.”
But wait, there’s more.
Schumacher also spilled the beans on considering a move to Super Formula in Japan. He even thought about heading west. “I have, and I have also considered going west. If you do that, there’s just little chance of doing a dual program with Formula One,” he said. Despite exploring other avenues, his heart is set on a return to F1.
So, what’s next for Schumacher? He’ll be competing in all races in the WEC with Alpine. And if Lewis Hamilton or George Russell can’t make it for Mercedes, he’ll be ready to step in. A Grand Prix will always take precedence over participation in WEC. That’s a given.