Formula 1: Williams open to signing Mick Schumacher

mick schumacher speaks to the press in austria

Williams team boss Jost Capito has given his thoughts on Mick Schumacher being an option for the team for their vacant 2023 seat.

The driver market has certainly provided plenty of headlines in recent weeks with the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo all playing their part in the merry-go-round.

There are still chapters to be written before the 2023 line-up is complete, though, with us waiting to see if Pierre Gasly is going to move to Alpine – it is expected that he will – and who will replace him at AlphaTauri, with Nyck de Vries tipped as a potential successor.

Williams open to Schumacher deal

Mick Schumacher follows Alex Albon at the French GP
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JULY 24: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Williams FW44 Mercedes leads Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the (47) Haas F1 VF-22 Ferrari during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 24, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Haas still need to decide who they want to partner Kevin Magnussen for next year, meanwhile, with Mick Schumacher and Nico Hulkenberg the two that are in the frame, whilst Williams need to find their replacement for Nicholas Latifi.

Williams have been linked with De Vries and with promoting Logan Sargeant for 2023 but Schumacher could also be an option if he leaves Haas, and Capito has confirmed that the team would be open to such a switch:

“Mick deserves to stay in Formula 1,” Capito said speaking to RTL.

“We’ll see if that happens, but he’s definitely an option for us. [He could] really move forward and be a very good driver in Formula 1. He’s now in his second year, if you look at George Russell, he also made mistakes with Williams in the second year and he nevertheless developed.

“Formula 1 is very complex and the step from Formula 2 is so big because the cars are so complex and technically more demanding. You have to learn that, you have to give a driver two years to get there and show what he can do in the third year.”

Mick Schumacher’s F1 future

mick schumacher drives the haas at zandvoort
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 03: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the (47) Haas F1 VF-22 Ferrari on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 03, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Other reports in Germany have suggested that Mick has begun contract talks with Haas for 2023 and so it seems his hopes of remaining on the grid for next year might have increased a fair bit in recent days.

Time will ultimately tell as to what happens with Schumacher, though, and he’ll just be looking to deliver some positive performances between now and the end of the campaign to help support his case for staying on the grid for another year.

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