Mick Schumacher completes test with Mercedes customers at Portimao

Henry Valantine
Mercedes' Mick Schumacher in the garage at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes reserve Mick Schumacher.

Mick Schumacher has completed a day of testing with McLaren at Portimao as part of their Testing of Previous Cars [TPC] programme.

Schumacher, officially Mercedes’ reserve driver, is also reserve for McLaren with the team being a Mercedes customer, and he took in a full day behind the wheel in the Algarve in the 2021 McLaren MCL35M.

McLaren confirmed the news on Wednesday, with this being Schumacher’s second Formula 1 test of the year after a full day of tyre testing for Mercedes in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mick Schumacher tests for McLaren with staff training in mind

McLaren shared the news of Schumacher’s test with them in their 2021 challenger, with IndyCar championship leader Alex Palou having also tested for the team already this year.

The private test at the Algarve International Circuit was partly instigated by McLaren to enable some of their less experienced members of staff to gain time at a live track, writing on social media: “Joining Mick are some of our mechanic and engineering apprentices and interns, gaining valuable experience working in a trackside environment.”

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“Day is done here in Portimao, first test with McLaren was great,” Schumacher said after his day of running.

“We did so many laps out there and a fair few sets [of tyres] as well, so it’s been really good to get that experience with the team.

“They’re a great team, a great bunch of people, and I’m super excited to hopefully get back out there soon.”

Former Haas driver Schumacher is still assessing his options for a potential return to the grid in 2024, after being dropped by his former team in favour of Nico Hulkenberg for this season.

He will be driving father Michael’s Mercedes W02 from the 2011 season at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later in July as he gets another run-out in a Formula 1 car.

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