Thursday, January 26, 2023

Schumacher leaves Ferrari for Mercedes like his father

MARANELLO, Italy ( Associated Press) – Mick Schumacher will stop driving Ferrari to race for another team where his father competed.

Mercedes announced on Thursday that Schumacher would be the reserve driver for 2023, following Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

The German competed in Formula One with Haas, which uses Ferrari engines.

“I take this as a new start. I am excited and grateful to Toto (Wolf, Mercedes team principal) and everyone involved for putting their trust in me,” Schumacher said. “F1 is a fascinating world, And you never stop learning, so I’m looking forward to absorbing more knowledge and focusing all my efforts for the benefit of the Mercedes team.”

The decision ended Schumacher’s four-year association with Ferrari, the team with which his father Michael Schumacher won five Formula One championships.

Michael also drove for Mercedes from 2010–12.

“Mick is a talented young driver and we are excited to have him join the team,” said Wolff. “We also know that with two years’ experience of racing in Formula One, he will be ready to jump in the car if needed to replace Lewis or George.”

The move comes two days after Ferrari announced that Frederic Vasser is its new chief, replacing Mattia Binotto.

“Scuderia Ferrari and Mick Schumacher have by mutual agreement decided not to extend their cooperation,” the team said.

Schumacher, 23, joined Ferrari’s young driver program in 2019 and competed in Formula Two for a few seasons with the Prema Racing team. He won three races and clinched the 2020 title.

Mick Schumacher then made his F1 debut with Haas and started 43 races but scored only 12 points. His best results came this year, with a sixth place at the Austrian Grand Prix and an eighth place at the British Grand Prix. He was also Ferrari’s reserve driver.

“Ferrari thanks Mick for these four years and the many kilometers we have covered together, and wishes him all the best for the future,” the team said.

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