Mick Schumacher

F1 News: Step down to IndyCar option emerges for Schumacher

(GMM) An option for Mick Schumacher to return to top-line open-wheel racing has emerged – a step-down to IndyCar.

As Mercedes’ reserve driver, and also with a racing role in Alpine’s WEC program, the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has been trying to re-fire his F1 career since losing his Haas race seat in late 2022.

Mick Schumacher (GER), Alpine WEC Driver, Mercedes AMG test driver, former driver at Haas F1 Team, during the Monaco GP, 23-26 May 2024 Monte Carlo, Formula 1 World championship 2024.

The German has been linked with Alpine’s F1 team and Williams for 2025, but many insiders rate his chances as low.

However, at the Indy 500 last weekend, IndyCar team owner Dale Coyne revealed that he has been in touch with Schumacher, 25, about a race seat.

“There are all these Formula 2 drivers who finish first or second but have no real future in Formula 1,” Coyne told Auto Motor und Sport. “Mick Schumacher is a perfect example.

[Editor’s Note: There are two types 1) F1 Wanna Bees who want to be in F1 but never make it, and 2) F1 rejects that eye IndyCar after being rejected out of F1. As a former F1 driver, Schumacher falls in category 2 – he was rejected out. Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden falls into category 1 – he made it up the F1 ladder but never was good enough to make the final step-up to F1 – i.e. he is an F1 Wanna Bee]

“We would love to welcome such a great driver here.”

Correspondent Philipp Korner also explains: “Next year’s (IndyCar) newcomer Prema is also said to be interested.”

Schumacher won both his Formula 3 (2018) and Formula 2 (2020) titles with Prema, an Italian racing organization with links to Ferrari.

Coyne, however, thinks Schumacher might have other plans.

“We are talking to Mick Schumacher,” he revealed. “But he is still pinning his hopes on Alpine. I would be happy if we were given the chance.”

Correspondent Korner thinks Jack Doohan and Victor Martins – products of Alpine’s own junior program – are further up the queue than Schumacher for an F1 seat next year.

“Other drivers are also currently higher on the list at Haas, Williams, Sauber and Toro Rosso (RB),” he added.

Schumacher is quoted as saying: “My dream is of course to drive in Formula 1. It has always been like that, and it always will be like that.”

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