Mick Schumacher is not worried about returning to the Formula 1 grid in 2024 as there have already been offers for a permanent seat. While he currently holds a reserve driver role at Mercedes, he still remains a valuable asset in helping the team regain its winning form and increasing his attractiveness to potential employers.
Speaking at the Mercedes W14 launch event, Schumacher responded positively to questions about his future prospects, stating that he is “in a comfortable position where I feel I can learn, and I can extract the maximum from this year even though I’m not driving.”
Schumacher further added:
“With the results I’ve shown in the junior categories, and also in F1, I’m sure there will be opportunities. Over the winter a few people have already mentioned that there is interest, so in that sense I’m not too worried.”
When asked how he plans to approach his year ahead as the Mercedes reserve driver, Schumacher replied:
“I’ll still probably take a very similar approach. I will be going into the weekend thinking as if I was going to race, to keep myself sharp.”
Schumacher also noted that he will try to learn as much as he can from this experience and be as much of a help to the team as he can be. He said:
“Partly because I have the experience of driving, but also, I have the mentality that I know how it is to approach a weekend. I will for sure keep the same approach and keep the excitement at a high.”
Despite the likelihood that Schumacher will not have the opportunity to drive the W14 ahead of the season opener in Bahrain on 3-5 March as the pre-season testing will be taken up by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, he still believes he will be able to benefit the team. He explained:
“Firstly, I do have experience of driving last year’s car, which is the new generation. That means the approaches that I will have in the simulator will be very similar to the ones the racing drivers will have on track.”
Schumacher also added:
“In terms of that direct comparison, I will be able to talk about time models, talk about how the car behaves or should behave and therefore will be able to change and adapt the simulator pretty quickly. Hopefully, with that in mind, we’ll be able to give the team reliable feedback, but also a set of options that will work on the track.”
In summary, despite being dropped by Haas, Mick Schumacher is not worried about returning to the Formula 1 grid in 2024 as he has already received offers for a permanent seat. He remains optimistic and plans to approach his year ahead with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, focusing on maximising his learning experience as the Mercedes reserve driver while helping the team in any way he can.