Schumacher family belongs to Mercedes, says Toto Wolff as Mick's future remains uncertain

According to multiple sources, Schumacher's days at Haas are coming to an end, with the German being informed of the team's decision.

Mick Schumacher in a file photo. (Twitter: @SchumacherMick)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Nov 16, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Toto Wolff has dropped the most significant hint yet that Mick Schumacher’s future lies with Mercedes, stating that the Schumacher family belonged to Mercedes. According to multiple sources, Schumacher’s days at Haas are coming to an end, with the German being informed of the team’s decision to replace him with Nico Hulkenberg during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend. Haas is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday, with team president Guenther Steiner spending Tuesday ironing out the finer points of a contract with Hulkenberg before they put pen to paper.

It leaves Schumacher with almost no options for a 2023 Formula 1 race seat, as Williams is the only team with an open seat, with Logan Sargeant pencilled in if he collects the necessary super licence points in the F2 finale. With the 23-year-old most likely settling for a reserve driver role, Auto Motor und Sport suggests he’ll be competing for the Mercedes reserve spot with Daniel Ricciardo. The team’s ‘first choice’ is said to be McLaren’s driver, but if he chooses to return to Red Bull, the team wants Schumacher.

 “I don’t know what the status is with Mick and Haas,” Wolff said as per RTL. “But I make no secret of the fact that the Schumacher family belongs to Mercedes and that we value Mick very much. But first of all, it should be about Mick getting a regular cockpit.”

The Mercedes option would provide more opportunities for Schumacher to return in 2024, as the Brackley team shares reserve drivers with the other Mercedes-powered teams. As a result, Nyck de Vries participated in Friday practise sessions with Aston Martin, Williams, and Mercedes this season, even making his F1 debut with Williams when he replaced the ill Alex Albon.

He scored two points, and AlphaTauri quickly signed him for next season. He was also a candidate to replace Lando Norris at McLaren when the Briton became ill with food poisoning. Schumacher has stated unequivocally that his sole priority is to remain in Formula One.

“It’s hard to forget Formula 1. I love it too much so I won’t do that. Everyone always has an opinion on everything. I care about the opinions of the people I care about,” the German said.