Kevin Magnussen breaks silence on Mick Schumacher axing

Mick Schumacher is set to become Mercedes' reserve driver for 2023 following his Haas departure.

Mick Schumacher is aiming to “prove” Haas wrong, following on from it being announced that he will be replaced by Nico Hulkenberg next season.

It was widely speculated that the 23-year-old wouldn’t be retained for next season, with Haas deciding not to extend his contract, which expires at the end of 2022.

The American side have clearly opted for experience over youth, with Hulkenberg being one of the most experienced drivers in the paddock.

Whilst he hasn’t raced full-time since 2019, the fact he’s raced for multiple teams is a huge bonus, according to Guenther Steiner, with the German having been able to work successfully in multiple setups.

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Schumacher’s current team-mate, Kevin Magnussen, has spoken out on the imminent departure of the son of Michael Schumacher.

Magnussen revealed that he believes Schumacher “deserves” to be on the grid, but that ultimately, he will “support” whatever Haas decide to do.

“I like Mick and I think he deserves a spot on the grid,” said Magnussen.

“All I can say is I hope for the best for him and I hope there is a way back to Formula 1 for him.

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“I support my team in whatever direction they go and I am looking forward, I am excited about the future.

“Hopefully, we can take another step forward, and hopefully Nico can contribute to that.”

Schumacher is looking set to claim a reserve role at Mercedes for next season, but the driver has his eyes set on making a full-time return in 2024.

Magnussen is seemingly the expert of making F1 returns, considering he’s done it twice.

The Dane was asked what advice he could give Schumacher in order to achieve a return in the near future, with the key to making a comeback being to “keep positive”.

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“Keep training, keep positive, stay close to a team he is going to be involved with,” Magnussen said.

“He has got a team behind him that will work hard for him. I am quite positive that we will see him back on the grid.

“I hope [for] all the best for him. It is hard to give much better advice.”