Mick Schumacher might continue as a reserve driver for Mercedes, even if he moves to Alpine, as shared by Toto Wolff.
Mercedes’ chief, Wolff, played a pivotal role in supporting Schumacher’s continuing Formula 1 path this year, especially after Haas let him go due to lacklustre results.
The 24-year-old German aimed for a spot on the 2024 grid. However, with few openings available in F1, indications are that Schumacher is discussing opportunities with Alpine.
Beyond their main F1 team in Enstone, the Renault-associated Alpine plans to compete in the next year’s Le Mans and the world endurance championship, eyeing the top Hypercar class.
Still, if Schumacher finalises an agreement with Alpine, Wolff assures that Michael Schumacher’s son can remain part of Mercedes.
“Mick has a place here as a reserve driver – he is part of the family,” he mentioned to Bild newspaper. “We hope he stays in the role with us and we’ll give him time in the car.”
Additionally, Wolff noted the talks between Schumacher and Alpine.
“If he can secure a spot with another WEC team, in sportscars or elsewhere, he will always have this home base here,” the Austrian pointed out.
“Whatever program he does on the side, he can stay with us as a reserve driver if it is also possible from the other side,” Wolff added.
Schumacher was seen at Alpine’s guest area during the Singapore race weekend, possibly mingling with his mate Jack Doohan.
Michael Schumacher named his son after Alpine reserve driver Jack Doohan’s renowned dad, the many-time motorcycle champion Mick Doohan – a close friend of Michael’s.