Mick Schumacher will take his father Michael’s 2011 Formula 1 car, the Mercedes W02, for a spin at the Goodwood Festival of speed, the team announced on Thursday.
The young Schumacher is currently he reserve driver for Mercedes, as well as McLaren, after he lost his F1 seat at Haas at the end of the 2022 F1 season.
Schumacher has been active in the Mercedes simulator, supporting the team’s regulars Lewis Hamilton and George Russell over the course of race weekends with setup options for their 2023 F1 car, the W14.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff recently insisted that Schumacher should be driving an actual F1 car and not just driving a simulator, and there are some rumors circulating that the Austrian may be pushing to place the German at Williams replacing the underperforming Logan Sargeant.
Mercedes Team Statement
Reserve Driver Mick Schumacher will light up the Goodwood Festival of Speed (14-16 July) driving the Team’s W02, the car raced by his father Michael during the 2011 season. The 24-year-old, making his first appearance at the festival, will be in attendance on both Saturday and Sunday.
Fans will also get to see the W12, the Team’s World Championship-winning 2021 challenger, running up the hill in the hands of Esteban Gutiérrez.
Mick said: “It’s going to be spectacular to run in my Dad’s 2011 car, the W02, even if it is only a short run. Just experiencing this generation of cars will be mega! Knowing that he raced this car makes it extra special, and there will be many emotions coming with it. I have been lucky enough to drive one of his Benetton cars and some of the Ferraris he raced, but this will be the first time behind the wheel of a Mercedes he drove. I am sure I will get out of it with a big smile on my face.”
The W02 was the second car designed and built by Mercedes Grand Prix after purchasing the team in 2009. Raced by Michael and Nico Rosberg, it became a regular points scorer en route to fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. In Michael’s hands, it achieved a best result of fourth in the Canadian Grand Prix.
The W12 meanwhile needs little introduction. Driven by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, the car took nine victories, along with a further 19 podium finishes, across an extraordinary 2021 season and secured a record-breaking eight consecutive Constructors’ Championship for the Team.
Fans will be able to get up close to both cars in the F1 Pit Lane from Friday through to Sunday. More information on the Team’s activities at Goodwood will be announced in due course.