Mick Schumacher has joined Mercedes as a substitute driver. Is he still eyeing another racing cockpit in 2023?

Mick Schumacher has 43 Formula 1 races under his belt in his young career. But for the time being, no new Grand Prix races will be added. After he retired from Haas, Schumi jr. has signed a contract as a substitute driver with Mercedes.

A year without a race – doesn’t that make Mick’s throttle itch? Various other series like the DTM would take Michael Schumacher’s son in their arms.

But the German waves off GP fans: “I’m not interested in driving anything other than Formula 1. Once you’ve tasted the best, you don’t want to settle for less.”

Schumacher’s plan: to position himself as a test driver. “I will be at all the races 99 per cent of the time next season to position myself to be back on the grid in 2024.”

Wolff praises Schumacher

There’s already been praise from team boss Toto Wolff: “Mick is a very talented young driver, a hard worker with a calm and methodical approach. He is hungry to learn and improve as a driver. These are all important qualities for us.”

And maybe there will be a race in 2023 after all. Wolff: “We also know that with two years’ experience in Formula 1, he will be able to stand in for Lewis or George at short notice, should that be necessary.”

Mick’s uncle Ralf Schumacher has his eye on Lewis Hamilton’s Silver Arrow in particular: “Lewis is still an absolute top driver,” he says.