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Red Bull rules out Mick Schumacher for junior F1 seat

Red Bull rules out Mick Schumacher for junior F1 seat
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Red Bull has no plans to kick-start Mick Schumacher's halted Formula 1 racing career, the organization's senior F1 advisor Dr Helmut Marko has firmly stated.

Red Bull has no plans to kick-start Mick Schumacher's halted Formula 1 racing career, the organization's senior F1 advisor Dr Helmut Marko has firmly stated.

The 25-year-old German, who lost his Haas racing spot two years ago, currently divides his time between his roles as an F1 reserve driver for Mercedes and as part of Alpine's Le Mans hypercar team.

Schumacher, the offspring of F1 icon Michael Schumacher, is now rumored to possibly return to the grid next year with Alpine, and he's considered a long shot for Logan Sargeant's endangered position at Williams.

"I don't see Mick at Williams," Mick's uncle Ralf Schumacher has acknowledged to Auto Bild.

Moreover, Marko has declared that Schumacher is not being considered as a replacement for either Yuki Tsunoda or Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull's secondary F1 team, RB.

"It has nothing to do with him personally," the 81-year-old explained to formel1.de.

"I think he is a very articulate, well-mannered, polite young man who has had his opportunities."

Tsunoda, who appears to be nearing a contract renewal at RB, has also been connected with Aston Martin, which will be backed by his own sponsor Honda, the team's engine partner starting in 2026.

"Aston already has two drivers," the 24-year-old stated in Monaco. "I mean, so far I'm very happy with VCARB," he continued, referring to the complete acronym of Red Bull's Faenza-based squad.

"But, you know, if I've got an interesting offer that could be better than VCARB or Red Bull, yeah, I'll think about it. But I also have a big loyalty to Red Bull as without them I wouldn't be here."

Even if Ricciardo departs from the team at season's end, or sooner, Marko has reiterated that there remains no opportunity for the aspiring Schumacher.

"No, we have a very good junior in the queue. That's Liam Lawson," he stated.

"We also have (Isack) Hadjar in Formula 2 who is absolutely at the front," Marko added. "And we have a 16-year-old (Arvid) Lindblad in Formula 3. So we are in a good position."

"The philosophy, with the exception of Ricciardo at the moment, was that it had to be a junior team," he concluded.

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