Mick Schumacher declared the world has not “seen the real Mick” as he continues his quest to find a Formula 1 seat for the 2024 season.
The German is approaching almost a full year out of the car having lost his Haas seat at the end of 2022 and although he has kept his eye in with a reserve driver role at Mercedes, he is searching for a way back onto the grid.
As of yet, it has proven to be a futile search with the number of free seats dwindling and no teams showing an apparent interest in acquiring Schumacher’s services.
Mick Schumacher continues hunt for F1 2024 seat
The 2023 silly season is looking the least silly it has done for many years with the majority of seats already filled or with obvious candidates waiting for them.
Following the extension of both drivers at Mercedes and Haas, there are now just four seats going at AlphaTauri, Williams and Alfa Romeo.
The AlphaTauri door is all but closed to Schumacher while Williams have hinted they will stick with Logan Sargeant for next season. Alfa Romeo are said to be deciding between Zhou Guanyu and Théo Pourchaire but it was recently reported they have opted to give Zhou another year.
Schumacher is determined though, declaring the world has not seen the “real Mick” just yet.
“I am a driver and all I want is to win, but I also have to be realistic and keep going,” he told Sky Sports Germany.
“You haven’t seen the real Mick yet.”
Schumacher scored 12 points in his 43 races with Haas and although 2021’s VF-21 was never going to be a points contender, Kevin Magnussen’s performances in 2022 showed the step up in class required to compete in Formula 1.
Despite lots of contracts already being signed, Schumacher said “anything can happen” so was not losing hope.
“We have seen in the last two, three years that anything can change, even if contracts are in place,” the 24-year-old said.
“So giving up hope is wrong. Hope is the last thing to disappear.”