Mick Schumacher will return to the track in a Formula 1 car for a Pirelli tyre test at the Circuit de Catalunya with Mercedes next week after Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old German, son of seven-time F1 World Champion Michael, lost his race seat at U.S.-owned Haas at the end of last season and is now reserve to seven-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at Mercedes.
The test, on Tuesday and Wednesday, will be his first in a 2023 car as Schumacher will be on driving duty for the eight-time F1 Constructors’ Champions on Wednesday. Russell will drive the car on Tuesday.
“After the Grand Prix weekend, Mick will also get his first real-world taste of the W14 (car) on the second day of the Pirelli tyre test,” said team boss Toto Wolff.
“He has done a great job with the team so far, working hard back in the simulator and giving valuable input trackside,” Wolff added.
Schumacher, in addition to his reserve role at Mercedes, has been announced as a McLaren reserve driver as well, and has had seat fittings with both teams ahead of the 2023 F1 season.
Schumacher has 43 grands prix under his belt when driving for Haas in the 2021 and 2022 F1 seasons. His best result was sixth place in Austria in 2022.