Schumacher reportedly courted by Alpine WEC team


Rumors have emerged that Mick Schumacher could join Alpine’s World Endurance Championship squad in 2024, but the young German could also remain Mercedes’ go-to reserve driver in F1.

After two formative seasons with Haas, Schumacher was forced to put his active F1 career on pause at the end of 2022, when the US outfit opted not to renew the German’s contract.

But Schumacher was nevertheless able to keep a foot in F1’s door this season thanks to Mercedes who nominated the 24-year-old as its official reserve driver.

According to a report from, Alpine’s sportscar team is keen on signing a big name for its programme, with Schumacher rumored to have been short-listed by the French manufacturer.

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However, should Schumacher eventually choose to indulge in a full programme in the WEC, such a move would not necessarily force him out of the Mercedes family.

“Mick has a place here as our reserve driver and is part of the family,” said the Mercedes F1 boss.

“We hope that he stays with us in that role. We will give him time in the car and he can get a works seat with another manufacturer in WEC or sportscars or wherever.

“We will always have this home here for him. Whatever programme he does decide, he can stay, if it is possible from the other side, with us as a reserve driver.”

By his own admittance, Schumacher’s priority is to return to the grid in F1 in 2024. But Alfa Romeo confirmed last week that it would entrust its cars once again next year to Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, closing one potential opportunity for Schumacher.

AlphaTauri is also a dead end for Schumacher as Red Bull currently has three drivers – Yuki Tsunoda, Daniel Ricciardo and Liam Lawson – for two seats available at the Faenza-based outfit.

Williams remains the viable only option for Schumacher. Albon will remain with the Grove squad but the team has yet to decide the fate of Logan Sargeant.

It is believed that team boss James Vowles is favourble to keeping the young American on board, but a report from Blick claims that Aston Martin reserve Felipe Drugovich is pushing for the seat as Sargeant’s replacement.

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