Formula 1: Alpine team boss confirms talks with Mick Schumacher

Formula 1: Alpine team boss confirms talks with Mick Schumacher

Formula 1 “He’s on the list”

Alpine confirms talks with Mick Schumacher

Status: 07.06.2024 | Reading time: 3 minutes

Mick Schumacher is already competing for Alpine in the World Endurance Championship this year, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Will Mick Schumacher return to Formula 1? The Alpine racing team is looking for a successor to Esteban Ocon. The Alpine team boss has already spoken to the German racing driver – but also to many other candidates.

The French Alpine racing team has also held talks with Mick Schumacher about a possible Formula 1 engagement from next season. Team boss Bruno Famin (62) confirmed this on Friday on the sidelines of the Canadian Grand Prix on the TV channel Sky. “We have spoken to many people and are speaking to many people,” said Famin in Montreal. In addition to Schumacher and young driver Jack Doohan, the circle of those being discussed also included other drivers who are currently under contract with other teams, said Famin: “But nothing has been finalized yet.”

The struggling team is looking for a successor for Frenchman Esteban Ocon, whose contract will not be renewed at the end of the year. It is also unclear whether fellow countryman Pierre Gasly will still drive for Alpine in 2025. His contract also ends after the season. That could be the chance for 25-year-old Schumacher, who will compete for Alpine in the World Endurance Championship this year, including the 24-hour classic in Le Mans.

“He is a young but also an experienced driver with his two seasons,” said Famin about the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher, who drove for the US team Haas in 2021 and 2022. After that, however, he did not get a new cockpit and is currently also active as a reserve driver at Mercedes. “He is on the list, but the list is long. I don’t even know how many names are on it,” said Famin about Schumacher: “Everyone talks to everyone and there are still some good drivers available for us.”

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In any case, there are currently some unresolved driver questions. Who will succeed Lewis Hamilton, who is moving from Mercedes to Ferrari? Who will drive for Williams and Aston Martin? Who will replace Hülkenberg at Haas and where will Carlos Sainz go now that he no longer has a place at Ferrari? The only new thing that was clarified this week is that Mexican Sergio Pérez will stay at industry leader Red Bull alongside world champion Max Verstappen until 2026.

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“It’s really exciting. Nobody knows who’s going where. It’s all happening bit by bit,” said record world champion Hamilton before the race on Sunday (8 p.m., in the WELT sports ticker) in Canada. The 39-year-old is also one of those who don’t have to worry; with his spectacular move to Ferrari, he got the transfer process moving early in the year. “I feel very happy that everything is clear,” he said.

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In contrast to Hamilton and Hülkenberg, Schumacher is not the first choice anywhere. Former Haas team boss Günther Steiner, who demonstrably did not have a good relationship with the German racing driver during their time together in 2021 and 2022, also advised Alpine against signing him. “Not at the moment, no. I think Alpine needs the best driver out there,” Steiner replied to a podcast question about whether Alpine should think about hiring Schumacher.

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The “senseless swipes” against his nephew Mick were completely unnecessary, countered TV expert Ralf Schumacher in an Instagram video “I don’t know if he is the best in this assessment,” said the former racing driver

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