F1 Mogul Bernie Ecclestone Reveals the Missing Piece in Mick Schumacher’s Struggling F1 Career: “With All His Experience…”

Published 02/23/2023, 9:45 AM EST

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Carrying the name ‘Schumacher’ was never going to be easy for Mick Schumacher. The legacy Michael left is massive. Not just for his son to match, but for anyone who aspires to compete in F1. Ever since joining the grid through Haas in 2021, Mick was under a lot of pressure. While the car did not have much for him to prove his talent with, he was able to outscore his teammate Nikita Mazepin. However, once seasoned campaigner Kevin Magnussen joined the team, things went awry. Resultantly, the German lost his seat to Nico Hulkenberg, only to join Mercedes as a reserve driver. If former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is to be believed, things would have been a lot different if his father was there to guide him.

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While the lack of point-scoring ability was worrisome, it was Mick’s habit of crashing the car too often that bothered the team a lot more. Haas, being an arguably cash-strapped team, cannot afford too many of them. Therefore, the decision to let him go to make a place for a reliable driver like Hulkenberg was the most obvious choice.

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In a recent interview with Sport Bild, Ecclestone said, “With Michael as a consultant at his side, Mick would be a regular driver in the cockpit of a good team.”

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“With all his experience, Michael could have given his son so many details. He would have shown him the right way, in terms of driving, but also politically.”

Ecclestone, who is known for speaking his mind without caring too much, took a subtle dig at Ferrari for the situation Schumacher Jr. has found himself into.

Bernie Ecclestone believes Red Bull would have taken better care of Mick Schumacher

When it comes to scouting talent at a young age and nurturing them to compete at the highest level, no team can match Red Bull’s model. The biggest testament to their success is Max Verstappen himself, who joined their junior team, Toro Rosso, as a 17-year-old. Mick, however, is a product of Ferrari’s driver academy, and if Bernie is to be believed, he would have been better off with Red Bull.

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“He was on the wrong team,” he said. “Red Bull would have been better for him.”

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“There they would have cared more for him and built him up,” he added.

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Ecclestone also blamed the burden of the name ‘Schumacher’ to be too heavy to carry. He feels it will be very difficult for Mick to find a cockpit for himself, one which can win him races.

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.
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