“Difficult Starting Position”- Max Verstappen Explains Why it Will Be Tough For Mick Schumacher in F1

Published 01/10/2021, 2:34 AM EST


Sons of past Formula 1 drivers entering the sport is not that common an occurrence. Following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Mick Schumacher becomes the latest entrant in that regard.

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In the F1 community, he will share a similarity with Red Bull superstar Max Verstappen, whose father Jos was also a former F1 driver. With his entry into the sport now sealed, the next task is to continue upholding the family’s racing reputation.
Verstappen recently opened up about why Mick is at a difficult starting point considering his association to racing legend Michael Schumacher. But the Dutchman also believes that the Haas driver is in a suitable environment with the right people around him.

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Different for Mick Schumacher than it was for me, says Verstappen

Speaking in an interview, Verstappen stated, “It’s different for Mick than it is for me. His father is the record world champion, with seven world championships.
“That’s a difficult starting position at first. Even during his karting days, there was always the press around him.” (translated from Google Translate)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 31: Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, walks in the Paddock before the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Mick had already gotten a glimpse of being in the limelight during his scheduled free practice session with Alfa Romeo in 2020. Further, his stock has now risen after winning the F2 championship title, which is certainly a big deal.
“In Formula 4, Formula 3, and now the hype got even bigger. But he has a good environment, good people who take care of him. They do it very well,” concluded the Red Bull Racing driver in response to the question.

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The Ferrari junior has to chart his own path and legacy in Formula 1

Having signed up for Haas F1, an exciting chapter now begins for the young 21-year-old German. It is most definitely a matter of pride for him to be part of the F1 grid that hosts just 20 select drivers every season.
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – New Haas’ driver Mick Schumacher tests the car during practice Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS
But it is from here on out that Mick’s challenges begin, as his first few years will decide his course of development in the sport. Hopefully, then, he shall be able to live up to expectations and will himself aim to become one of the best drivers that Formula 1 has seen.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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