Mercedes deliver bad news to Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher will serve as Mercedes' test driver in 2023, as he works to return to the grid next season.

Despite proving on numerous occasions that he is a driver with immense potential, Mick Schumacher will not be on the F1 grid this season.

The German has spent two seasons with Haas and even though he impressed, with a P6 finish in Austria being the highlight, he has been replaced by Nico Hulkenberg for 2023.

It is believed that the American team simply chose to opt for experience and consistency instead of potential, leaving Schumacher without a seat.

In an effort to earn himself a place back on the grid, Schumacher has taken up the role of test driver with Mercedes, with the long-term goal being for him to replace Lewis Hamilton or earn a seat elsewhere.

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Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, it appears that he will not be getting behind the wheel of the W14 anytime soon, with Mercedes preferring to give all of their available testing time to Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

After the W14 is unveiled later this month, Mercedes will take part in a shake-down at Silverstone before heading to Bahrain for pre-season testing, giving their drivers as much time as possible to adapt to their new car.

With the W14 expected to be much more competitive and very different to the W13, the Silver Arrows have reportedly opted to split their track time between their two main drivers, leaving Schumacher out in the cold.

The only other chance that Schumacher will have to take to the track in the W14 will arise if either Hamilton or Russell are unable to take part in a Grand Prix, an unlikely but possible occurrence.

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This is because Schumacher will not be able to take part in the young driver free practice sessions for Mercedes like 28-year-old Nyck de Vries did for the team last season.

With Schumacher having held an F1 seat for two full seasons with Haas, he is no longer eligible to take part in these free practice sessions, meaning that he is unlikely to ever take to the track in the W14.

The German could take part in private tests in older Mercedes machinery, however this is not something that is currently scheduled by the team, who prefer to have Schumacher in the simulator for 2023.