Mercedes announced on Thursday that Mick Schumacher will be its reserve driver for 2023 behind Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher’s former manager Willi Weber has accused the F1 champion’s family of telling him 'lies' regarding his condition.
Running with the RB18's upgraded sidepods and floor that clearly worked, Max Verstappen clocked a leading time of 1 minute, 31.720 seconds.
Gene Haas, the founder of Haas F1 Team, said that the decision did not come as a surprise since Schumacher was struggling to score points.
Max Verstappen will start first at the Emilia-Romagna Formula One Grand Prix. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will start 14th.
With rain predicted on the Race Day at Suzuka, it will mean Red Bull's Max Verstappen could win the F1 title for the second straight season running.
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