Alpine: Mick Schumacher “one of the possibilities” for 2025

Jaden Diaz
20/05/2024

Alpine team principal Bruno Famin has confirmed Mick Schumacher is an option for the team next season. The 25-year-old is competing for the French outfit in WEC this year, already earning significant praise for his performances. With Ocon and Gasly yet to commit their futures to Enstone, there could be an opening for Mick Schumacher.

Since losing his seat at Haas two years ago, Schumacher has explored all avenues to make a comeback to F1. He spent last year as a reserve driver for Mercedes, staying active in the paddock across the season. Toto Wolff frequently advertised the German driver’s availability, even showing Williams team principal James Vowles his telemetry – according to reports.

However, Schumacher was unable to secure a seat on this year’s grid. He instead signed a contract with Alpine to drive in WEC, an elite Championship in its own right.

Over recent months, Bruno Famin’s team has struggled tremendously. With just one point in seven rounds, there are understandably question marks surrounding the team. Perhaps the most pressing is whether their driver pairing, Ocon and Gasly, will continue with the team.

Both drivers are on expiring contracts and have been linked – albeit sporadically – with other teams on the grid. In this context, Alpine could have at least one seat available.

MICK SCHUMACHER IMPRESSES ALPINE

Speaking to the media in Imola, Bruno Famin responded to a question about Mick Schumacher’s availability:

“He’s one of the possibilities for sure. Like many, like many. Mick is doing an incredible job in endurance. What is very impressive is his mindset. 

“Of course, he’s fast, but I think everybody knows he’s fast. It’s not always useful to do a very good lap time – because you have the BoP (Balance of Performance) on top. You have to be a bit careful with the performance.

“The matter is not to evaluate the pure performance of the driver, but where Mick has been really incredible is his adaptation to the endurance mindset…

“Mick, from the very first minute, has been very, very cooperative, really helpful for his teammates.”

These comments are certainly encouraging for the German driver, whose F1 hopes are not yet extinguished. Whilst being on Alpine’s shortlist list for 2025 does not guarantee anything, he is at least in the mix.

Jack Doohan, Alpine reserve who competed in a private test last week, is another possibility for Team Enstone. He was previously mentioned as a driver who – in the event Esteban Ocon or Pierre Gasly depart – could serve as a very capable replacement.

Clearly, Schumacher will be one of many drivers on Alpine’s shortlist for next season. Still, he is someone to watch as the driver market evolves.

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