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Mick Schumacher gets F1 return boost after Mercedes tests as 'incredible' driver on radar

Schumacher made his debut as a Formula Two champion in 2021, but after underwhelming rookie and sophomore years, he was unceremoniously dumped by Haas team principal Guenther Steiner in favour of bringing back Nico Hulkenberg. Since then, the 24-year-old has worked as a test and reserve driver for Mercedes.

However, in early 2024 he started to look at different motorsport disciplines, joining Alpine’s WEC program alongside his test duties for Mercedes. This decision may now lead to his F1 return, with at least one of Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly expected to depart the Enstone-based outfit at the end of the year.

“He’s one of the possibilities for sure,” Famin admitted ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. “Like many, like many. Mick is doing an incredible job in endurance. What is very impressive is his mindset.

“Of course, he’s fast, but I think everybody knows he’s fast. It’s not always useful to do a very good lap time – because you have the BoP (Balance of Performance) on top. You have to be a bit careful with the performance.

“The matter is not to evaluate the pure performance of the driver, but where Mick has been really incredible is his adaptation to the endurance mindset. Mick, from the very first minute, has been very, very cooperative, really helpful for his teammates.”

Schumacher has been hunting a return to the grid since receiving news of his Haas departure, but despite completing a successful test alongside Kimi Antonelli earlier this month, Toto Wolff has not considered him for the vacant seat at Mercedes.

Instead, he now relies on one of Ocon or Gasly calling time on their Alpine careers. Famin would likely want to keep both of his incumbent drivers, but with just one point between them in the opening seven races of 2024, the French duo will be considering offers from elsewhere when silly season gets into full swing.

Should one of the two current Alpine drivers move on, the main competition Schumacher will face may come from Jack Doohan. The young Australian is completing an aggressive private testing program with the team and is already pencilled in for more FP1 appearances in 2024 following an impressive F2 career that concluded last year.


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