Mick Schumacher, former Haas driver and son of legendary seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, recently completed a private test for McLaren at the Portimao circuit in Portugal. This test was part of his role as Mercedes‘ reserve driver for the 2023 season.
Since McLaren races with Mercedes engines, the two teams share their test and reserve drivers. This means that Schumacher may be called upon as a substitute for either McLaren‘s drivers, Lando Norris or Oscar Piastri, or Mercedes‘ drivers, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, if they are unable to race.
Earlier this year, the 24-year-old German driver also had the opportunity to test for Mercedes in Barcelona. However, the recent test at Portimao allowed Schumacher to familiarize himself with the McLaren team and its operations.
During the test, Schumacher had the opportunity to drive McLaren‘s 2021 Formula One car. Interestingly, the McLaren crew present at the Portimao test was separate from the one that will be heading to Silverstone for the upcoming British Grand Prix.
In addition to serving as a valuable experience for Schumacher, this test also provided an opportunity for some of McLaren‘s mechanic and engineering apprentices and interns to gain hands-on experience in a trackside environment. McLaren acknowledged this on Twitter, stating, “Joining Mick are some of our mechanic and engineering apprentices and interns, gaining valuable experience working in a trackside environment.”
Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has expressed his desire to secure a race seat for Schumacher in the 2024 season. However, it remains to be seen if the talented German driver will have the opportunity to return to Formula One competition.