Mick Schumacher takes major step to racing return

Mick Schumacher has been exploring his options as he looks to get back to racing in the competitive world of motorsports.

Mick Schumacher is set to undergo a career-defining test as he takes the wheel of an Alpine World Endurance Championship (WEC) prototype at the Jerez circuit on Tuesday. 

Following his departure from Haas after the 2022 season, Schumacher has been exploring alternate career paths, with his options to return to Formula 1 gradually diminishing.

While Schumacher initially harboured hopes of making a Formula 1 comeback, his role as a reserve driver with Mercedes throughout the season did not lead to a full-time racing seat. 

This has prompted the young German to consider a “Plan B,” with rumours circulating that he has been in discussions with Alpine regarding a potential WEC drive.

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Bruno Famin, the interim team boss of Alpine, confirmed the talks, stating, “It’s true that we’re talking with Mick about the possibility to race in our endurance program with the A424. 

“It would be a good opportunity for both parties, I think.”

Reports from Motorsport-Magazin.com indicate that progress is being made in this direction. 

Alpine has officially announced that Schumacher will test their WEC prototype, the A424, at the Jerez circuit on Tuesday. 

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However, it’s important to note that while this test indicates Schumacher’s potential involvement in the WEC and Le Mans next year, the final driver lineup for Alpine’s two cars in the Hypercar class is yet to be confirmed.

Should Schumacher sign with Alpine for WEC, he could also continue his role as Mercedes’ reserve driver in the coming season, effectively juggling both commitments. 

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has expressed his willingness to support Schumacher, stating, “Whatever program he does decide, he can stay, if it is possible from the other side, with us as a reserve driver.”

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Speaking to ORF, Mick Schumacher emphasised that nothing is set in stone at this stage. 

When questioned about when an official announcement could be expected, he replied, “It will probably take a little more time until then. 

“But of course, I have to look at my options, and of course, there are talks.”