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Mercedes add Mick Schumacher as reserve driver for 2023 season

Schumacher won’t compete in any races barring injuries.

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Practice And Qualifying
Mick Schumacher of Haas after the qualifying ahead of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 19, 2022.
Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Mercedes F1 team has added Mick Schumacher, son of racing legend Michael Schumacher, to their team as a reserve driver for the 2023 season. This means Schumacher won’t compete in any races unless there’s an injury to one of the team’s top drivers or they are unavailable for other reasons. With Lewis Hamilton and George Russell set to return, it seems like Schumacher is going to be on the bench for a while.

Schumacher struggled to get major wins with Haas, the only team he has been a part of in F1. He was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for the upcoming season. We’ll see if he can develop under Mercedes and eventually take over one of the top two spots.

Schumacher isn’t the only prominent driver to take a reserve role. Daniel Ricciardo will be a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing in the upcoming season after leaving McLaren.