Mick Schumacher, who has competed in Formula 1 with Haas in 2021 and 2022 before losing his seat to Nico Hulkenberg for this year’s racing campaign, is now aiming to be a helpful addition to the Mercedes workforce.
He is now taking on a back-up role behind full-time drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell and is looking forward to gaining more knowledge and experience.
“Since I joined Mercedes, I’ve been settling in great,” said Schumacher. “Everybody is just so open-minded towards me and that made me feel welcome from the first moment I stepped into the factory in Brackley.
“I’ve spent a lot of time there in these first months. It’s a very impressive facility.
“I’m still getting used to the level of preparation that you see here and I am trying to soak up as much information as I can.”
His main focus up to now, though, has been working in the simulator.
“Because I have raced a car under this new set of regulations, I have a good understanding of how to drive them,” he added. “That has helped me in my role so far and hopefully added value for the team. I will look to be an extra pair of eyes and resource to help with the development programme across the year.
“It’s not enough for me to just sit on the sidelines, I want to be helpful wherever I can. Of course, it’s not the real thing and I would love to be driving the W14!”