Former Haas racer, Schumacher, presently holds the role of Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver after his position with Haas was taken by Nico Hulkenberg at the tail end of the previous season. Despite rumored connections to multiple F1 roles for next year, this German driver may see another year on the side lines. Fortunately, Alpine extended a redemptive offer for racing in the World Endurance Championship via its LMDh team.
Famin, the temporary team principal for Alpine, confirmed the talks with Mick to integrate him into their endurance programme with the A424. He suggested that it could be a favourable opportunity for both sides but affirmed that they’re currently in the stage of discussions, optimistically hoping to arrange a test in the near future.
Wolff, the CEO of Mercedes, voiced his opinion stating if Schumacher does decide to form an alliance with the French manufacturer, it would not jeopardize his existing role in F1. The proposed move also draws parallels with the career trajectory of his legendary father, Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F1 world champion who had also competed in the World Sportscar Championship during 1990 – 1991, racing for Sauber Mercedes.
Amid the rumblings of Schumacher potentially joining the Alpine family, assumptions about the future of their existing F2 young drivers, Jack Doohan and Victor Martins, have surfaced. On being probed about Doohan’s challenging second season in the category, Famin acknowledged its difficulties. Despite the two significant wins, Famin pointed out Doohan’s initial discontent with his car, which he said has now noticeably improved.
However, Famin admitted that attaining a championship now would be demanding for Doohan. This scenario led to the acknowledgment of another viable racer within their academy, Victor Martins, currently in his rookie year. Famin disclosed that they’re closely observing the progression of both these racers. In the past week, both Doohan and Martins were undergoing tests with the A521, granting them significant exposure in preparation for the future. The aim is to ensure their continual growth and advancement. He concluded by emphasizing their fundamental roles within the Alpine family.