F1 news LIVE: Mick Schumacher on hand for McLaren in 2023 and Mercedes as Red Bull prepares for car launch in New York

Hulkenberg will replace Schumacher at Haas

Mick Schumacher will also work with McLaren as part of his Mercedes reserve driver role in 2023. Schumacher was dropped from his race seat at Haas at the end of the 2022 season after two frustrating seasons, with Nico Hulkenberg replacing him.

In December, Mick – the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher – joined Mercedes as a reserve driver next season and will work to support Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Yet McLaren – who use engines powered by Mercedes – announced on Wednesday that the 23-year-old’s services would also be available to them throughout 2023.

Elsewhere, Red Bull is reportedly on the verge of inking a deal with Ford ahead of the car’s 2023 launch on Friday.

Ford Motor Company, which was last involved in F1 in 2004 alongside Jaguar, is eager to enter the world of Formula 1 and a deal is reportedly expected to be agreed with Red Bull, which could be already announced on Friday. Red Bull launched its 2023 car, the RB19, on Feb. 3 in New York City, where Ford reportedly sent social media influencers in anticipation of a deal confirmation.

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F1 News: When will F1 teams launch their 2023 cars?

The 2023 Formula 1 season kicks off on 5 March in Bahrain and preparations are well underway ahead of the new season.

All 10 teams have had more than two months since their last race of 2022 in Abu Dhabi and are set to reveal their new cars in the coming weeks, with pre-season testing taking place at the Bahrain International Circuit from 23 to 25 February.

Red Bull will be the second team to follow suit in what is being described as a “season rollout” for the 2022 champions in New York City on Friday. There is speculation that a new partnership with Ford could also be announced in the Big Apple.

Here are the car’s 2023 launch dates in chronological order:

Red Bull – Friday February 3 (New York)

Williams – Monday 6 February (livery launch, online)

Alfa Romeo – Tuesday 7 February (Zurich)

AlfaTauri – Saturday, February 11 (livery launch, New York)

Aston Martin – Monday 13 February (Silverstone)

McLaren – Monday 13 February (location to be confirmed)

Ferrari – Tuesday 14 February (location to be confirmed)

Mercedes – Wednesday 15 February (Silverstone)

Alpine – Thursday 16 February (London)

Kieran JacksonFebruary 2, 2023 09:59


F1 news: Mercedes reserve driver Mick Schumacher available for another team in 2023

Yet McLaren – who use engines powered by Mercedes – announced on Wednesday that the 23-year-old’s services would also be available to them throughout 2023.

In a tweet alongside a photo of Schumacher completing a suitable seat at McLaren, the team said: “McLaren will be able to call on Mick Schumacher as reserve driver during the 2023 F1 season as part of our agreement with Mercedes. Welcome to the family, Mick.

McLaren’s racing spots are filled this year by top British driver Lando Norris and Australian rookie Oscar Piastri.


Kieran JacksonFebruary 2, 2023 09:37

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