Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is working to secure Mick Schumacher’s swift return to the grid, sparking speculation that Logan Sargeant could be axed from Williams to clear a spot for the German.
Schumacher has been working hard behind the scenes as a reserve driver for Mercedes since he left Haas at the end of the 2022 season.
The German had a tough start to his Formula 1 career at Haas, with a series of crashes ultimately leading to his departure from the American team.
Sargeant is currently one of two drivers to remain pointless in 2023, alongside Nyck de Vries, with the American having only managed a season best of 12th in the opening race in Bahrain.
During his home Grand Prix in Miami, Sargeant finished last after being forced to pit early after taking damage.
The next few races are expected to decide Sargeant’s future at Williams, with the team closely watching his performance in Imola, Monaco and Barcelona.
If Sargeant doesn’t show promise by the Canadian Grand Prix, Wolff is thought to be keen on pushing for Schumacher to take over the season.
Sport1 has reported that Wolff is encouraging his former colleague James Vowles to take on Schumacher in 2024.
“You can see his junior career track record was very good and I believe that if we can give him a safe environment to further develop, he can be a good racing driver in a permanent seat in the future,” Wolff said earlier this year.
“Whether it is in our team or letting him go somewhere else, we don’t know at this stage.”