Logan Sargeant, the American rookie, is struggling to make an impact in his debut F1 season racing for Williams.
The American has failed to score a point so far this season, unable to improve on a 12th-placed finish in Bahrain during the opening weekend.
Sargeant has been given time to turn things around provided he shows promise in Italy, Monaco, and Spain. A failure to do so will result in his contract being “reevaluated.”
Such a poor run of form has attracted Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff to give his verdict.
Toto Wolff wants Mick Schumacher to replace Logan Sargeant
The Mercedes boss has a long-term confidante in Williams’ team principal James Vowles and believes Mick Schumacher is the man to take Sargeant’s seat.
Schumacher has had to sit back and watch on as a Mercedes reserve this season, having been dropped by Haas last year after a fractured relationship with Haas team principal Guenther Steiner came to an end.
Haas opted to replace Schumacher with experienced veteran Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 season as Schumacher failed to impress over two years.
The 23-year-old, and son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, has shown glimpses of real potential, but evidently not enough to convince Haas.
Schumacher was scoreless in his debut season in F1 but consistently outperformed ex-teammate Nikita Mazepin.
However, the 2022 season proved sporadically opulent, as Schumacher scored points in Britain and Austria – finishing eighth and sixth respectively.
Unfortunately for Schumacher, the season was hampered by accidents, costing Haas a fortune.
For Logan Sargeant, he will have to improve drastically in order to eradicate speculation and silence critics such as Wolff.
Toto Wolff will be keen to find Schumacher a seat for the season but one thing is for certain – it won’t be with AlphaTauri.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko swiftly shut down interest in Schumacher.
“He’s a Mercedes driver and he’s not in our plans. Accordingly, Toto Wolff is responsible for him,” he said.