Aug.1 - Ralf Schumacher says his own nephew Mick should be a leading candidate to replace fellow German Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin in 2023.

On the face of it, the recommendation from the former Formula 1 driver - whose brother Michael is Mick's famous father - is obvious.

But Vettel has also tipped Schumacher, 23, for the role, and there are new rumours that the current Haas driver could be able to leave Ferrari's driver program.

There is also no denying that Mick has significantly upped his pace and eliminated the most serious errors following a poor start to the 2022 season.

"Sebastian is leaving and it's not that easy for Aston Martin to replace him," Ralf Schumacher told Sky Deutschland.

"If they want an experienced man who knows the current cars, then Mick is actually the first to look at," he said. "And then the test driver, Nico Hulkenberg.

"Yes, Mick started weakly compared to Magnussen, but then improved and found his way."

Schumacher is also predicting that McLaren could use the summer break to oust Daniel Ricciardo, replacing him with reigning F2 champion Oscar Piastri.

"If they have the opportunity, then I have to honestly say - the faster a young driver is in that seat, the more experience he can gain," he said.

He then predicts that the 'silly season' will step into a higher gear after the summer break.

"As a rule, you look around for drivers in August or September," Ralf Schumacher said.

Schumacher's Sky Deutschland colleague Sascha Roos added: "I think Mick is moving to Aston Martin.

"The omens are just good for him being in a different environment. Haas seems like it's not that stable for him personally.

"Aston Martin is a good address for him."


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7 F1 Fan comments on “Uncle claims Mick should be 'first' in line for Vettel F1 seat

  1. smokey

    Vettel's seat won't get cold, Alonso has already taken it for the ensuing 2 seasons!
    Frankly, despite the biased views, Mick does not yet have the experience needed to develop the Aston into a competitive car. Alonso certainly has that experience, and it will be interesting to see how the Stroller team responds to his input.

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    • AlexAlbon

      Precisely. German backers want German drivers. The problem? German industry has been toppled by natural gas prices, so not as many German Euros to go around. Alonso swoops in with Saudi backing and gets the seat. F1 a derivative of the global economy in that respect.

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      • Manxman

        It’s not advertised or at least I’m not aware of the level of backing Fernando brings to the table - I expect it’s an attractive number. But you’re right about the Aramco angle.

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      • shroppyfly

        AA yes Hannover City, turning off the gas to save money and stockpile, like p***ing in the wind, the Germans will not be happy, as for Alonso and bringing sponsors, If there is one ONE thing Lawrence seems to be very good at , if getting other people to part with there, If AM lost sponsor/sponsors due to SV quitting wed have heard something, Imagine his Papa Smurf face at facetiming the Arabs to say they'd signed Alonso....

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