Formula 1’s latest Mick Schumacher to Williams rumor is heating up and Toto Wolff has strongly advocated making it happen.
Mick Schumacher looked at, among others, full-time return Down Formula 1 for 2024, and a move to Williams could work out well for everyone involved. While it’s hard to say how well it would actually go, the prognosis for success is rather good given the circumstances.
Williams team principal James Vowles didn’t necessarily disprove the last rumor. Instead, he supported and encouraged newcomer Logan Sargeant, mentioning that he was still learning and improving despite his struggles.
But the fact that the Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is very accommodating The move suggests he could pull some strings to give Schumacher another chance to start in 2024. This could very well happen given Wolff’s close ties to Vowles, stemming from their previous long-term partnership at Mercedes.
The move could make Mercedes, Mick Schumacher and Williams happy in the 2024 Formula 1 season.
Each side would see its own gains from this move. On the part of Mercedes, they support the former Haas driver, who is now their reserve driver. They appreciate the role he currently plays in the team. Wolff sees how good a driver he is and believes he deserves to be one of the 20 on the grid.
Seeing Schumacher back full-time would certainly make both Wolff and the entire Mercedes team happy. Plus, there’s no better place Mercedes would rather see him than where they share a very close bond.
From Schumacher’s point of view, of course he would like to return to full-time. He has accepted his role as reserve driver at Mercedes and wants to improve his skills in every possible way.
Every team knows Schumacher is a good driver and during his time at Haas he showed glimpses of that. Having the Schumacher name will certainly carry some weight and a move to Williams could be the first step in rejuvenating the 24-year-old’s career.
The way Williams would view this is somewhat two-sided. On the one hand, they get a driver who has experience and is expected to make significant improvements with his current role. He has a lot of motivation and determination to race in Formula 1 again.
On the other hand, Williams still believes in Sargeant and wouldn’t want to sack him after just one season. But that could change if the American doesn’t clean up and have better performances.
It has been clear this season that Alex Albon has taken some steps in the right direction and is emerging as a good team leader from Grove. With the organization looking to get back to being more competitive than they have been for the past few seasons, the duo of Albon and Schumacher could enter into a pitched midfield battle.
Overall, what Williams could get from the move would be rather beneficial, as would Mercedes and Schumacher.