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Schumacher assesses F1 comeback chances: There is interest

Mick Schumacher might be spending 2023 on the sidelines as a Mercedes reserve driver, but the German is not worried when it comes to opportunities to return to racing in 2024.

Mick Schumacher insists he is not worried about finding an opportunity to return to racing in 2024 after "interest" in his services. The German is set to spend the 2023 F1 season as a reserve driver for Mercedes after losing his seat on the grid with Haas at the end of the previous campaign. Additionally, Schumacher will also be available to McLaren for reserve duties as needed as part of an agreement with the Silver Arrows. While the 23-year-old admits that it is not for certain that he will be able to make a comeback next season, he feels confident that there will be "opportunities" available.

Schumacher assesses 2024 comeback chances

"There’s obviously no guarantee [that I will return to the grid in 2024]," Schumacher told media, including RacingNews365.com . "But I'm in a comfortable position right now where I feel I can learn [and] I can extract the maximum from this year, even though I'm not driving. "With the results I've shown in the junior categories, but also in F1, I'm sure there will be opportunities. "Over the winter a few people have already mentioned that there is interest, so in that sense I'm not too worried."

Schumacher on 'privilege' of driving for Mercedes

While acknowledging that being on the sidelines had not been his first choice for 2023, Schumacher also feels that he can "grow" as a driver at Mercedes, a team he feels at home in. The Silver Arrows were the final team that Schumacher's father, Michael, raced for during his Formula 1 career. "It's definitely a privilege being part of Mercedes," Schumacher explained. "More than that, it's also a place where I've always felt at home. It is maybe not, in terms of racing, the step that I wanted, but I think that definitely, in many ways, it is another way of improving my driving and proving myself as a racing driver. "I'll hopefully be as much of a help to the team. But I'm sure that, with everything that the team has done in the past, but also, with all the experience they have, I'll be able to use that for myself to grow as as a driver."

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