Ex-F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone Advises Mick Schumacher to Leave Ferrari for Red Bull Driver Academy

Published 07/06/2021, 4:19 AM EDT
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Mick Schumacher of Germany prepares to drive the Ferrari F2004 of his father Michael Schumacher before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Being part of the prestigious Ferrari driver academy is a dream for anyone Formula One driver. However, it is far away from driving for the Scuderia; there is an immense amount of talent available, and the competition is anything but easy. Mick Schumacher is part of the academy, but is currently getting his experience at Haas; still in his rookie season, the German will take quite a bit of time to reach the Italian team.

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Hence, the former executive of F1, Bernie Ecclestone feels that the 22-year-old should leave the Ferrari academy and join Red Bull’s instead. He believes that Schumacher Jr can excel at AlphaTauri and get better experience compared to Haas.

Mick Schumacher should see the Red Bull academy as an option, says Ecclestone

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Speaking to Bild, the British tycoon said, “I could well imagine the next team for Mick AlphaTauri. They do a good job and in Franz Tost they have an experienced man who is very good at dealing with young talents.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 02: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Scuderia Ferrari SF90 walks out of the garage during F1 testing in Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“Mick doesn’t know in his current team where he really stands as a driver. To do this, he simply needs a better, more competitive car,” Ecclestone concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

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How has the German been doing in his first season?

Coming off as the F2 world champion into the 2021 season, there was a lot of hype around Michael Schumacher’s son. A great talent to have behind the wheel, he showed enough potential to replicate his father on the Formula One track one day.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman

Schumacher Jr faced the usual struggles a rookie faces in F1, as he hasn’t been able to score points, and having a lackluster Haas car doesn’t help his case.

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The best finish he had so far this season was at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he placed thirteenth. However, the German is determined to make the most out of his first season in the pinnacle of motorsport, take this as a learning curve, and come back stronger once he has settled into the sport.

As of now, Mick’s next agenda is the British Grand Prix, scheduled two weeks from now; he is hoping to have a better result than he did at the two rounds in Austria where he finished P19 in both, and maybe equally, if not set a new best, good finish.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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