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Mick Schumacher

Schumacher makes pledge to be 'prepared' for next F1 drive

The German will be racing on the sidelines next year, but is spending the winter break ensuring that he is ready for a full-time comeback.

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Mick Schumacher says he is "preparing" for any future call up in Formula 1, after being ousted from Haas at the end of the 2022 season.

The German will be replaced by fellow compatriot Nico Hulkenberg, following a spate of lacklustre results as Haas look to compete more regularly in the midfield.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has already pledged a third driver role at the team for Schumacher, who says he is firmly focused on making a return to a full-time seat.

"My mind is pretty much set on coming back in 2024, if not already in 2023," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

When asked about what his plans are for the winter break, Schumacher said: "Preparing to drive."

Schumacher: I know a lot of people are happy with how I've developed

After his debut in 2021 racing in the underdeveloped Haas VF-21, Schumacher experienced his first competitive season in F1 this year.

Even though he suffered two big crashes at Saudi Arabia and Monaco, the German says he is confident that his development so far will secure him a future F1 role.

He added: "I wouldn't say I feel like I'm in top position [for a seat] but I do feel confident that I'll be able to put something in line for me where I feel comfortable with.

"I've shown my pace and I know a lot of people in the paddock are happy about how I've developed, so I'm sure that it'll be able to talk to a great deal of teams."

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