Mick Schumacher into the Mercedes reserve driver seat after leaving Ferrari

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Mick Schumacher has been announced as Mercedes’ reserve driver for 2023 after parting ways with Ferrari. The Italian manufacturer announced on Thursday that the 23-year-old had left the company by mutual agreement after four years working together.

He joined the Ferrari driver academy in 2019 and progressed to Formula One two years later by driving for Haas, their partner team, but he was dropped for next season in favour of Nico Hulkenberg.

Mercedes had already made their interest known and it was swiftly confirmed that Schumacher would follow in the footsteps of his father, Michael, by joining the Formula One giants.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team as their reserve driver for 2023, and I am committed to give it my all to contribute to their performance in this very competitive and professional environment,” said Schumacher.

“I take this as a new start, and I am just excited and grateful to [team principal] Toto [Wolff] and everybody involved for putting their trust in me.”

Schumacher will spend time helping develop what Mercedes will hope will be a car that can challenge for the drivers’ and constructors’ titles again as well as providing back-up to Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.