In his role as a substitute Formula 1 driver, Mick Schumacher will step in not only at Mercedes but also at McLaren this year when there is an emergency.

As Mercedes reserve driver for the 2023 Formula 1 season, Mick Schumacher completed his first seat fitting this week. But the German was not only allowed to sit in the Silver Arrow. He also climbed into the cockpit at McLaren.

As the team from Woking announced on Twitter, it will also be able to use Schumacher’s services in 2023 if one of the regular drivers fails.

Alongside a picture of Schumacher in the McLaren, the team wrote: “McLaren will have the opportunity to engage Mick Schumacher as a reserve driver for the 2023 Formula 1 season as part of our agreement with Mercedes. Welcome to the family, Mick.” Mercedes has been McLaren’s engine partner again since 2021.

This increases the likelihood that Schumacher could still race in Formula 1 this year after Haas had not extended his contract. The German was a regular driver for the US team in 2021/22.

After his paths with Ferrari – as a member of their junior academy – parted in the course of this farewell, the way was clear for a new chapter with Mercedes.

His role there will also include testing parts and doing laps in the simulator. In addition, he has the opportunity to drive in races if one of the regular drivers fails – and not just at Mercedes, but also at McLaren.

Schumacher will then work with McLaren’s new team boss Andrea Stella, who was at Ferrari as his father Michael Schumacher’s performance engineer.

This article was written by Juliane Ziegengeist

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