After winning the European Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles, Mick Schumacher made his Formula 1 debut with Haas in the 2021 season alongside Russian driver Nikita Mazepin. However, the German failed to score any points, and on only a few occasions produced outstanding performances in a campaign in which the American team decided not to invest in developing the car.
The son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Mick is also part of the Ferrari driver academy. When he entered motorsport’s top flight, some claimed he got there thanks to his surname, downplaying his achievements while putting pressure on the young German’s shoulders.
However, Mick said that being a Schumacher was positive for him, even being aware of the obvious comparison to his father. Asked if the last name put pressure on him, the Haas driver said: “No. Sure there are pros and cons, but I just see the good things.”
“I am proud to carry that name and show what I can do,” said the German. “My family is very supportive, and that’s very important. I’m grateful to have such great parents, I’m very lucky.”
“Besides who we are, I think the mindset that our whole family has is great. It’s something I wish everyone could have, but unfortunately that’s not the case,” Mick explained.
The 23-year -old pilot acknowledged that one of the advantages over the rest of his rivals in his career has been the possibility of keeping his circle, something that others cannot afford as they come from other latitudes.
“I’ve had the opportunity to grow in my own space, in my own time zone, and I’ve never had to do anything,” he said. “That’s a huge advantage in motorsport because a lot of drivers don’t have the privilege of learning at the pace they want. They’re forced to learn everything faster. Maybe they’re taught too harshly, which I’ve never experienced.
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