F1 | Mick Schumacher: "I am looking at my options, and Mercedes is part of that", says Wolff's comments are "very humbling"
Could Mick Schumacher be a reserve at Mercedes next year? He says that it is one of his options for 2023.
Mick Schumacher's exit from Haas was confirmed on Thursday morning as the team decided to plump for Nico Hülkenberg alongside Kevin Magnussen next year.
The future for the 23-year-old is very much up in the air. Speculation has been growing in recent days that Mercedes could take him on a reserve driver for 2023, however.
Nyck de Vries is heading to AlphaTauri, while their exit from Formula E has seen them lose Stoffel Vandoorne as well. The Belgian also moved to Aston Martin to become the team's reserve driver.
Speaking in the FIA Press Conference this morning, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff would love to bring the young German into his team.
"Mick is someone that has always been close to our heart because of Michael or the whole Schumacher family," said Wolff.
"Ralf was in a DTM for a long time for us, he son races Mercedes in GTs, and he's an intelligent, well-mannered young man. He’s been very successful in junior formulas.
"We believe that we can look after him if the situation were to happen and with someone that just fits the team, but we haven't really put pen to paper, we haven't really come anywhere close to any terms.
"I'm seeing it that openly because I think he just fits and now we need to make it happen, if he wants to, Sabine [Kehm, Schumacher's manager] wants to and then we see we see where that goes to."
Schumacher was asked about Wolff's comments after qualifying P13 for tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He'll start P12 because of Daniel Ricciardo's three-place grid drop.
While the German told media he had not seen Wolff's comments yet, Schumacher admitted Mercedes is an option for next year.
"Mercedes is an awesome brand in general, and what they have achieved in Formula One is incredible," said the Haas driver.
"I am looking at my options, and Mercedes is part of that."
There is already history of a Schumacher leaving Ferrari to join Mercedes in F1.
Michael Schumacher returned to Formula One in 2010 with the German brand after winning five straight Drivers' Championships from 2000-2004 at Ferrari.
He spent 10 years with the Italian giants before his first retirement from the sport at the end of 2006.
Mick Schumacher has been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2019.
He stressed that all options on the table would be considered, but Schumacher did say the comments from Toto Wolff are "humbling".
"I mean my dad did the switch from Ferrari to Mercedes at the time, I don't see a reason why not right now," said Schumacher.
"As I said earlier this week, I have time now. I'll consider all the options that I have to then make the right decision for me.
"But again, it's definitely very humbling to hear what Mercedes and especially Toto said about me."