Mick Schumacher will not be on the Formula 1 grid next season, as Haas have made the decision to replace the young German with Nico Hulkenberg.
The 23-year-old showed the team that he had undoubted potential this season, with an impressive drive at the Red Bull Ring in Austria catching the eye of fans around the globe, but his inconsistency and proneness to mistakes forced Haas to make a change.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has spoken in the wake of Schumacher’s sacking, suggesting that he believes that the German deserves a spot on the F1 grid, and is open to helping him on his journey back to F1 racing.
Schumacher’s uncle Ralf, who raced in Formula 1 himself, has claimed that the chance to learn from Lewis Hamilton and work as a part of Mercedes could be part of the perfect route back into a race seat.
“For Mick, this would definitely be a sensible step because he can work with a team that has a lot of experience and can help Mick move forward,” suggested Ralf Schumacher.
“The processes at Haas and Mercedes are different and that’s something Mick can benefit from.
“For him, it would definitely be important to work with a team like Mercedes, to do simulator work, to learn from Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who have both won races or, in the case of Hamilton, world championships.
“That would be an incredible wealth of experience that Mick can get there.”
The former Williams driver has highlighted Hamilton as key to his nephew’s development, suggesting that the chance to be a part of Mercedes might be too good for Mick to refuse.
“Hamilton is now so advanced in age that he passes on a lot to younger drivers,” he explained.
“All in all, it would be unbelievable for Mick to work with these two drivers and with such a team – especially because they want him. It can hardly be said more clearly, as Toto Wolff did.
“This is also a new experience for Mick after such a year, finally being in a team that stands behind him.”
Wolff has suggested that as a German driver, Mick Schumacher would be a good asset for Mercedes to have, while the family ties, mainly thought his father Michael, would make Mercedes feel like a home for young Mick.
Audi are reportedly sniffing around Schumacher for 2026, meaning that keeping himself involved in F1 until then might make the difference in the Germans future in F1.