Toto Wolff says Mick Schumacher is ‘close to Mercedes’ heart’

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Mick Shumacher “is someone that has always been close to our heart because of Michael or the whole Schumacher family”.

After two years with the Haas team, Mick Schumacher will not have a Formula 1 seat for 2023.

The young German has been a part of Ferrari’s driver academy for years, but recently some media outlets have linked him with a reserve driver role with Mercedes.

At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Saturday press conference, Toto Wolff was asked if this is a possiblitly.

“Mick is someone that has always been close to our heart because of Michael or the whole Schumacher family,” the Austrian said.

“Ralf [Schumacher] was in a DTM for a long time for us, his son races Mercedes in GTs, and [Mick is] an intelligent, well-mannered young man.

“He’s been very successful in junior formulas. We believe that we can look after him if the situation were to happen and with someone that just fits the team.

“But we haven’t really put pen to paper, we haven’t really come anywhere close to any terms. I’m seeing it that openly because I think he just fits and now we need to make it happen.

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“If he wants to, Sabine [Kehm, Michael Schumacher’s manager] wants to, and then we see where that goes to.”

Later, Wolff said that Mick deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid.

“He deserves a place on the grid and not as a test driver. Maybe there is an intermediate step in which we play a role.

“The Schumacher family is closely linked to Mercedes. David drives for Mercedes, Ralf drove for Mercedes and also Michael. And Mick is German.

“He fits well. I think he deserves a place in F1. We have to see if we can do something. We have seen it before with drivers who took a gap year.

“There are also testing opportunities and you work together with engineers. It is a completely different kind of effort than what he is used to.

“You then form a different view of things and you build up a lot of experience,” Wolff concluded.

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