Mick Schumacher: Reserve driver at Mercedes & McLaren

Mick Schumacher is not going to solely be Mercedes’ reserve driver for the 2023 season, however may also be part of McLaren within the occasion of an emergency. The standout newcomer had his first seat take a look at within the MCL37.

For Mick Schumacher, the brand new yr begins with an enormous job. The 23-year-old Swiss is at the moment touring in England, touring from F1 manufacturing unit to F1 manufacturing unit. Just earlier within the week, the newly topped Mercedes works driver accomplished a take a look at seat at the brand new Silver Arrow at Brackley. On Wednesday (February 1st) we traveled to Woking to McLaren HQ.

Schumacher may also function a reserve driver for the upcoming season if Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri are out of the race, Mercedes’ buyer group has formally introduced. It’s no shock for McLaren to share a 3rd man with Mercedes. Last yr, a race workforce would flip to an engine accomplice’s driver pool if the worst got here to worst.


Earlier within the week, Mick Schumacher was within the new Silver Arrow.

In the footsteps of Nick de Vries

At that point, Nick de Vries took the twin position. Mercedes additionally loaned the teen to Williams within the pre-season. There, the Dutchman raced in Formula 1 at Monza when Alexander Albon withdrew attributable to appendicitis. It was a decisive mission that made De Vries a good selection for an everyday driver this season.

Of course, Schumacher hopes to comply with the identical path. It would make sense for the brand new jobber to totally take over De Vries’ position and step in for Williams in an emergency. After all, there aren’t any impartial drivers available on the market with a lot expertise with the present era of racing vehicles. We hear that negotiations have been held on this. Nothing has been formally introduced but.

At McLaren, the 43-time participant of the Grand Prix additionally meets an previous acquaintance. New workforce principal Andrea Stella labored as Michael Schumacher’s efficiency engineer at Ferrari within the early 2000s. Meeting his son in Woking was correspondingly heat.

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A customized seat shell was additionally created for Schumacher for the McLaren MCL37.

Shumi seat for McLaren

During the preliminary journey, the seat shell was tailored so {that a} substitute may instantly soar into the cockpit if his companies had been requested. Pedals and steering wheel settings had been additionally checked immediately. No main issues had been anticipated. At 1.78 meters tall, newcomer Piastre is 4 centimeters taller than Schumacher.

With the settlement of the alternative driver, McLaren has cleared the development website. Nevertheless, the workforce began the season with many query marks after the shock departure of Andreas Seidl. The purpose is to get near the perfect groups. Fans shall be particularly excited to see how nicely newcomer Piastre performs.

According to engineers, the brand new automotive is on schedule. On January 24, the engine was began for the primary time on the MCL37 chassis. The premiere of the brand new automotive is scheduled for February 13. The workforce is at the moment at the Barcelona Grand Prix, the place Piastre and Norris can shake the rust off their bones throughout the winter break within the two-year-old MCL35M.


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