Mick Schumacher excited to see what’s unveiled at Mercedes following Hamilton departure

Mick Schumacher has been Mercedes' reserve driver since the start of 2023, after two years in Formula 1 with Haas

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Mick Schumacher revealed he was shocked by Lewis Hamilton‘s switch from Mercedes to Ferrari for 2025, and remained coy on whether he could step up to replace the seven-time champion at Brackley.

Schumacher has joined Alpine‘s Hypercar team in the World Endurance Championship for 2024 but was confirmed as continuing in his Formula 1 reserve driver role at Mercedes on the same day Hamilton announced his departure.

After signing with Mercedes ahead of the 2023 season, Schumacher has been one of the host of drivers linked with replacing Hamilton, who drew level with his father Michael in 2020 by winning his seventh drivers’ championship.

“Obviously I think it hit everybody a bit as a shock, and the same to me,” Schumacher told media including Total-Motorsport.com at the Alpine F1 and WEC launch.

“But on the other hand everybody has to do what feels right to them, what’s going to happen in the next few weeks is still to be, let’s say unveiled, and also for me so I’m just excited to see what happens in the future.”

Part of the uncertainty of Hamilton‘s replacement hinges on Mercedes‘ superstar junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who’s set to make his Formula 2 debut in 2024 after skipping F3.

He could be ready to be promoted as early as 2025 if he continues his stratospheric trajectory but could also be given more time before stepping into the seat with Alex Albon, Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo and both Alpine F1 drivers also linked with the seat.

However, Schumacher would likely be a more flexible choice for Mercedes should they want to keep their options open on Antonelli.

Schumacher following in his father’s footsteps

Mick Schumacher gets comfortable in Alpine’s WEC team | Alpine F1

Schumacher has remained around F1 despite losing his Haas seat after two seasons in 2021, and didn’t appear in a race weekend for Mercedes – where his father ended his F1 career – in 2023.

He was signed to Ferrari as a junior – where Michael won five of his championships – and is now racing with another of his former teams in Alpine, still located at the Enstone base where the Schumacher Snr won his first two F1 crowns.

Schumacher added: “Being in Enstone for the very first time, it’s a special feeling because obviously my dad raced here, he won his first championship with Benetton with the Renault engine so it’s an interesting path because it almost feels like I’m doing all the steps that he’s done in motorsport and it just feels great to be here.”

Mick will team up with Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere in car #36 in 2024, as part of a two-car lineup for the French team that sees Paul-Loup Chatin, Charles Milesi and Ferdinand Habsburg in car No.35.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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