Toto Wolff: Unlikely Mick Schumacher will have 2024 F1 seat

Jaden Diaz
1 Jun, 2023

Mercedes reserve driver Mick Schumacher has made no secret of his intentions to secure an F1 seat for the 2024 season, but Toto Wolff does not seem convinced about his chances.

The Mercedes team principal has spoken in glowing terms of his most recent signings, making it clear that his goal is to find the 24-year-old a drive for next year.

Some rumours have circulated that Wolff was pushing to give Schumacher a seat at Williams.

This connection is logical, given this a team where the Austrian holds some influence – considering Mercedes supplies the Grove-based team with their engines.

Wolff’s relationship with the new Williams boss James Vowles – formerly of Mercedes – is seen as another boost for the young German driver’s chances.

However, speaking recently to the media, Mick Schumacher’s position has been described in relatively bleak terms:

“I hope that Mick finds a seat because he deserves it, but the situation looking at 2024 is not favourable,” the Austrian told the media in Monaco – as quoted by SoyMotor.

“Truthfully, the situation is difficult for Mick. All the seats for 2024 at our teams [customer teams – Aston, Williams and McLaren] are taken.

“They all seem glued to where they are.”

Despite this pessimism, the Mercedes team principal outlined that Schumacher can still find a place in F1 later on, explaining that opportunities should arise in 2025:

“Some doors should open. We should see how the situation evolves at Williams.”

Wolff’s direct mention of Williams confirms what has already widely been suspected as the best opportunity for Schumacher to make an F1 return.

The 24-year-old lost his seat with Haas at the end of last season after a mixed campaign, showing signs of pace but also committing a series of errors.

Considering the financial situation at Haas, these mistakes were very costly – literally and metaphorically – for the American squad.

Schumacher’s raw pace was reasonable, given that he kept his more experienced teammate Kevin Magnussen honest – at least when looking at their race head-to-head.

However, as evidenced by last year’s final standings and Haas’s inter-team qualifying comparison, there were still uncertainties about Mick Schumacher and his long-term potential in Formula 1.

With young talents like Oscar Piastri emerging, the German driver saw his value drop in the driver market as he fought to find a new team.

Alex Albon’s performances at Williams have made him a dependable option for the British squad, so Wolff’s comments suggest he will be evaluating Schumacher’s chances of replacing Logan Sargeant in 2025.

The American rookie will likely be given a 1-year extension later this year, but Sargeant will be under pressure in 2024 to convince Williams he deserves a multi-year contract and safeguard his future in F1.

It remains to be seen how Schumacher’s CV compares to the mix of experienced and young drivers looking for an opportunity on the grid, but for now, his options are limited.

Author: Jaden Diaz-Ndisang

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