Mick Schumacher, son of Formula One legend and seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher has just joined Mercedes.
The former Haas driver has been announced as the reserve driver for Mercedes for the 2023 Formula One season.
The 23-year-old Schumacher lost his seat at Haas to Nico Hulkenberg and will now be the backup to Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
“Mick is a talented young driver and we’re delighted to have him join the team. He is a hard worker, has a calm and methodical approach and is still hungry to learn and improve as a driver,” said team boss Toto Wolff in a statement.
Mercedes added that Schumacher “will play an important role in the ongoing development of the W14”, next season’s car, as Wolff believes he will be “ready to step into the car at short notice should that need arise”.
It’s a family thing for Mick at Mercedes. His dad, Michael competed for Mercedes in sportscars and DTM prior to becoming an F1 driver, before finishing his career at the Silver Arrows from 2010-12, while Mick’s uncle Ralf and cousin David have also raced for Mercedes in various categories.
“I take this as a new start, and I am just excited and grateful to Toto and everybody involved for putting their trust in me,” said Schumacher.
“F1 is such a fascinating world, and you never stop learning, so I look forward to absorbing more knowledge and putting in all my efforts for the benefit of the Mercedes team.”
Schumacher won the Formula Two title in 2020 after joining the Ferrari young driver programme in 2019. He debuted with Ferrari-powered Haas in 2021 and was also a Ferrari reserve last season.