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Schumacher ready to sub if Hamilton or Russell “poisoned”

mick schumacher mercedes reserve f1 2023

Mick Schumacher will be ready to race if Lewis Hamilton and George Russell report sick or be “poisoned” this Formula 1 season, team boss Toto Wolff told reporters on Wednesday.

The Austrian said the 23-year-old son of seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher was a great addition to the team because of his race experience with Haas for the past two seasons and tyre knowledge.

“I hope these guys (Hamilton and Russell) don’t get fish poisoning,” Wolff said at the Silverstone launch of the team’s new Mercedes W14 car.

When Hamilton, a vegan, pointed out that he did not eat fish, Wolff corrected himself: “avocado poisoning”.

Schumacher has been replaced by experienced compatriot Nico Hulkenberg at Haas and will spend much of his time in the Mercedes simulator when not at the racetrack. The German also recently tested a Formula 3 car and said he planned on driving cars from various categories to keep his hand in.

“This year, I decided that I wanted to be as fit as I’ve ever been, which I feel I have achieved so far, and I’m still planning on getting even fitter until the beginning of the season. Driving wise I’m still in the loop, very much, and I’m planning on staying there.”

As for joining the team his legendary father Michael once drove for, the 23-year-old son said: “I’ve always felt very close to Mercedes. I am very happy to be a part of the Team and I know how important my role will be in aiding the development of the W14.

“I am committed to giving it my all to contribute to our performance in this competitive environment,” he added. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)