As teams and drivers continue contract negotiations for next season, Mick Schumacher continues to be linked with a return to the F1 grid next season.
The 23-year-old missed out on a contract renewal with Haas, who preferred the experienced Nico Hulkenberg when constructing their line-up for 2023.
Since then, there have been a few whispers about Mick Schumacher’s options for a comeback – although nothing concrete has emerged.
Speaking to the media in Canada, the Mercedes reserve driver touched upon his ongoing discussions with teams behind the scenes:
“Basically, I believe every team is a good option. I’m always ready for action,” he is quoted as saying.
“Believe me; I’m working very hard to be back in a car soon. Very soon, next year at the latest.
“That should be the time for me again. I’m sure something will happen in the near future. Watch that!”
Schumacher’s comments indicate a degree of confidence in securing a seat on the grid next season. At least for now, it is unclear which team represents a slam-dunk opportunity for the youngster.
Given that most drivers on the grid have contracts for 2024, the team most frequently associated as a potential landing spot is Williams.
The Grove-based team announced a multi-year deal with Alex Albon last summer, but Logan Sargeant’s contract is understood to be only for one year.
Initially, the American driver’s performances in Bahrain and Jeddah meant that his future at Williams seemed relatively secure.
However, though some grace should be afforded to the rookie driver, recent performances have not built upon his reasonable start.
Misfortune and inconsistencies that can be attributed to inexperience should not be overstated, but Sargeant has certainly not set the world alight in 2023.
The 22-year-old is yet to finish ahead of Alex Albon at any race or qualifying session, with the Thai driver solely responsible for Williams’ total points.
Albon’s stand-out drive in Canada catapults the British team into the fight for 7th in the constructors – a battle that will require both drivers to contribute.
Though it is too early to say anything definitive, it seems likely that Toto Wolff – having already expressed his interest in getting Schumacher back in F1 – will be in talks with Williams boss James Vowles.
The degree to which Wolff can influence Vowles (former Mercedes engineer) is unclear, as is the Austrian manager’s commitment to securing a seat for Schumacher.
Moreover, whether James Vowles – or any other team principal – considers Mick Schumacher a worthwhile candidate is unknown.
With that said, it will be worth observing the on and off-track developments that emerge from Grove as the summer break approaches.
Author: Jaden Diaz-Ndisang