Sauber, currently racing as Alfa Romeo, could save Mick Schumacher’s life in Formula 1 – but the German is set to take 2023 off.
Audi recently announced that it will enter the game to take advantage of new engine regulations from 2026 – and shortly after Alfa Romeo said its current deal with Sauber will end after next season.
Audi is set to buy 75% of Sauber and the deal could be announced before the Singapore Grand Prix at the end of this month. And Sauber could take the Audi title as early as 2024, with Ferrari continuing to supply the engine as a sleeper partner.
If Audi wants a German driver in one of its bucket seats, it will have to wait until the contracts of Valtteri Bottas or Guanyu Zhou expire at the end of next year, even if the extension with Zhou for 2023 n is not yet complete. has been announced.
Mick Schumacher, currently without a wheel for 2023, would be coveted and signed by Audi to be in the car from 2024 according to several rumors. Indeed, it is difficult to wait and predict what may happen in 2026 for him. Other rumors are already announcing him to replace Zhou next year but this is not the expected situation on the part of Sauber and Frédéric Vasseur.
If there is no starting point for Alfa Romeo for 2023, Schumacher may have to spend a year as a reserve driver in Hinwil.