Mick Schumacher situation branded ‘unfavourable’ as Wolff makes bleak prediction

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Toto Wolff has claimed Mick Schumacher’s bid to get back on the F1 grid for 2024 will “not be easy” despite backing from Mercedes. The young German was axed by Haas ahead of the final race last season, leaving little time to find a new slot.

He signed with Mercedes as the team’s reserve driver after Wolff praised his potential. However, spaces on the 2024 grid are quickly being filled with Schumacher and Daniel Ricciardo running out of options to re-enter the sport.

Wolff also denied Schumacher could challenge for a seat at Mercedes despite Lewis Hamilton not yet signing a contract extension at the squad. He told Sky Deutschland: “It’s a difficult situation, because the cockpits are taken with us.

“I would wish for Mick to get a seat as he deserves it, but the situation in 2024 is so unfavourable. A few doors will open in 2025 and we’ll have to see how the situation develops at Williams. But it’s not easy.

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“We have to be careful because if we support Mick too much, there will then be those who want to make it particularly difficult as they come crawling out of their holes.” As it stands, Schumacher is not completely out of luck with a few options remaining.

AlphaTauri is yet to confirm their driver line-up with Nyck de Vries understood to be under pressure. Williams have not confirmed if Logan Sargeant will stay on for 2024 while there could be a seat alongside Valtteri Bottas at Alfa Romeo, who will become Sauber next year.

However, ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone recently stressed Schumacher needed to forget racing in F1 sooner rather than later.

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He told RTL: “He has to forget this dream, because sooner or later we all wake up from a dream. He has to forget that and start thinking about what the alternative is and try to pursue that.

“I think he needs someone who really wants to lead him to success and takes care of him the whole time.” But, Schumacher remains optimistic that he can finally secure an F1 future after a year on the sidelines.

Ahead of the new campaign, the 24-year-old stressed there had been “interest from other squads” about a possible drive. He explained: “I’m sure that with the results I’ve shown in junior categories, but also in F1, I’m sure that there will be opportunities.

“Over the winter a few people have already mentioned that there’s interest. So in one sense, I’m not too worried.”

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