Alpine is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with reserve driver Oscar Piastri after announcing him in a race seat for 2023, only to have the Aussie say he hadn’t signed a deal for the year next.
While the case was heard by the F1 Contract Recognition Board this week, Alpine is considering other options for next year to partner with Ocon, including current AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly.
But Ocon revealed at Spa last weekend that Schumacher, who is currently in his second F1 season with Haas, would be his choice as a teammate for next year.
Ocon told Zandvoort on Thursday there was “a lot of talk” currently with Alpine over plans for 2023, and was confident the team would make the right call.
“People know my pick, if I had anything to say, would be Mick, if he has nothing planned next year,” Ocon said.
“From my side, whoever it is, I’m going to focus on my job, developing the car, trying to move the team forward. That’s what I want to do.”
Schumacher has just two points to show for his time in F1 so far, competing in back-to-back races earlier this year at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring, where he finished eighth and sixth respectively.
Schumacher faces an uncertain future after struggling to match Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen for much of this season. Autosport revealed earlier this week that Schumacher’s ties with Ferrari are also set to end after this year.
Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22
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Ocon was confident Schumacher would perform well if given a more competitive car, pointing to the German’s record in the junior categories where he won the Formula 2 and European Formula 3 titles.
“He also showed talent in the junior categories, he was very quick,” Ocon said.
“Sometimes in Formula 1, it’s not easy to perform well with a car that’s a bit behind. I had that when I started in F1.
“I’m sure he’s a great guy, and he could perform very well if he joined a competitive car. At the moment, the Alpine is competitive.
“These are just my words. With the team, I don’t have the decision to make. But the team knows that would be my preference.”
Schumacher was coy when asked about his plans for 2023 at the FIA press conference on Thursday, simply saying he was “excited for this weekend”.
He added that talks with Ferrari over his future as one of its young drivers were “something I would prefer to keep between us” and “contractual matters that I cannot get into”.
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