Mercedes’ reserve driver Mick Schumacher talks about working with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, and adds it’s “special from an emotional side” that “many people who are working for the Team now were working here when my dad was driving”.
After being let go by the Haas F1 team, in 2023 Mick Schumacher returned to the paddock as Mercedes’ reserve driver.
The young German says it’s been “fascinating” to work with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
“It’s also been fascinating working with Lewis and George,” Schumacher said.
“It’s an interesting period for me as I get to look over and work with two fantastic drivers, which you don’t always get to do.
“I’ve learned a lot about what’s important in terms of approaching race weekends; I feel like I’ve already gained so much knowledge to add to my skillset. I didn’t think I would have learned and gained so much so early into my role.”
“As a driver, you usually do not get to hear what is going on between all the engineers while you are out on the track, so listening in during the sessions has been extremely interesting.
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“I was quite shocked at the season opener in Bahrain, I did not expect the sheer amount of exchange that happens.”
Mick added he is now fully focused on helping Mercedes in the simulator, but naturally he still misses the on-track action.
“My main focus up to now has been working in the simulator. Because I have raced a car under this new set of regulations, I have a good understanding of how to drive them.
“You don’t know what you’re missing until you are actually part of it. What I really appreciate in working with those engineers is that they are genuinely listening to you and your opinion matters.
“And what is special from an emotional side is that many people who are working for the Team now were working here when my dad was driving,” the German concluded.