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Marko Opens up on Why Red Bull Never Considered Mick Schumacher

Marko Opens up on Why Red Bull Never Considered Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher has been a part of the Ferrari driver academy since 2019 when he entered the Formula 2 series. The German has performed well enough in F2 to grab the attention of Formula 1 teams and is now even speculated to join the Alfa Romeo for 2021 as a full-time driver. But Helmut Marko has warned against expecting too much from the young German.

While speaking to Sport1.de, Marko revealed that Mick had enough support from others; therefore, he never needed Red Bull for the youth development program.

We see our task in giving young people the opportunity to make it with our help,” Helmut said. “It was always clear to Mick Schumacher that the necessary support was already there. He simply didn’t need us.”

Alfa Romeo's Mick Schumacher on the circuit at Eifel Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Alfa Romeo’s Mick Schumacher on the circuit wearing a protective face mask with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Time is the need of the hour as for Mick Schumacher

Helmut opened up that Mick should be given time before he can get into speed. “Michael got into the Jordan and immediately set a best time in practice,” Helmut said. “This performance is not possible with an Alfa Romeo.

You have to give Mick time. It’s great that he made it into Formula 1.”

He almost made his debut in Formula 1 last weekend at the Eifel Grand Prix. Alfa Romeo had revealed that Mick would be driving Antonio Giovinazzi’s car during the FP1 session.

However, the weather hampered his chances of participating in the session. But by the looks of it, Mick will probably get another session later in this season with the Alfa Romeo.

Mick Schumacher Celebrating His F2 Feature Race Win
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Prema Powerteam’s Mick Schumacher celebrates winning the formula 2 race on the podium Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

Mick joined Prema Racing in 2019 and has stayed with the team ever since. His performance in 2019 was quite disappointing as he finished the season in P12 with a tally of barely 53 points. But the 2020 season has been a dream run for the German.

Mick is leading the F2’s championship table at the moment by maintaining a healthy gap between himself and the second-placed Callum Ilott.

Particularly during the second half of this season, Mick has been extremely impressive and has capitalized on any chances that came his way.

With such dominating performances from the young German, it would be a surprise if he stays in F2 and does not enter Formula 1 by next year.

(The quotes are translated from German using Google Translate)

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