Mick Schumacher could’ve had F1 return this season after boss wanted to sign him

Mick Schumacher could have raced in F1 this season – with the German almost having a seat with AlphaTauri.

Schumacher is currently the reserve driver for Mercedes, after he spent two seasons with Haas. Franz Tost has revealed he wanted Schumacher at AlphaTauri, but he was overruled by the bosses at Red Bull.

Tost had wanted Pierre Gasly, but when it became clear that the Frenchman was on his way to Alpine, he turned his attention to Schumacher. "It was like that, that Mick Schumacher didn't get a seat for this year," he told Formel1.de.

"It was then open to us after this Pierre Gasly story came to light, because it was actually clear to me originally that our driver pairing will be Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda.

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"Then suddenly Pierre was headed to Alpine and that gave us a place [to fill]. Until Monza, it was completely unclear who would be our driver. And then, logically, I thought of Mick Schumacher."

Tost argued his point towards the bosses at Red Bull – especially that Schumacher "is much better than he is currently perceived [to be] by the outside world".

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However, Tost added: "We're driving with Nyck de Vries… and there's actually nothing more to discuss."

De Vries has been tipped to outperform his teammate at the start of the season, but the Dutchman has struggled to adjust to life in F1. "I don't really think that it's different now than at any other time in my career," he recently said.

"But I can acknowledge that Formula 1 has been very different to any other championship I've been racing."

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