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You had to feel for Mick Schumacher as the F1 season came to a close at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Earlier in the week it was finally confirmed he would be replaced by Nico Hulkenberg at Haas for 2023 following a difficult second season at motorsport’s top table. However, there was still a glimmer of hope that he could be on in grid next year – if Logan Sargeant couldn’t secure the super licence points he needed to fill the vacant Williams seat in the final Formula 2 round of the season.
However, the American secured fourth spot in the F2 championship at the final round in Abu Dhabi, taking him well over the 40-point requirement.
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So Schumacher went into the grand prix knowing the race would be his last in F1 for a while. However, his hopes for a big finish ended in disappointment as he trundled home 16th, having been hit with a five-second time penalty for causing a crash with Nicholas Latifi, the man being replaced by Sargeant at Williams.
After the race, you couldn’t have blamed Schumacher for letting his hair down and having a bit of fun, so he decided to perform a few donuts during his cool-down lap, only to be told off by his engineer.
“Sorry, Mick, can you stop doing donuts, please? Seriously. I’m sorry, Mick, but we just can’t, sorry,” he was told firmly over team radio.
Only four drivers were permitted to perform donuts after the race, the top three and Schumacher’s mentor, the retiring Sebastian Vettel, with the start-line straight a designated ‘celebratory doughnuts area’.
However, better news could be on the way for Schumacher, who has been linked with a third driver role at Mercedes, where his legendary dad Michael rounded off his F1 career. The Mercedes boss has spoken glowingly about Mick and dropped strong hints that he is ready to make him part of the team.
“Mick is someone that has always been close to our heart because of Michael or the whole Schumacher family," said Wolff in Abu Dhabi.
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“We believe that we can look after him if the situation were to happen. But we haven't really put pen to paper, we haven't really come anywhere close to any terms.
"I think he just fits and now we need to make it happen, if he wants to, [manager] Sabine [Kehm] wants to and then we see where that goes to.”
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