F1 Throwback: Mick Schumacher’s First Taste of Racing with Father Michael

Published 12/03/2020, 4:11 AM EST
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


Mick Schumacher has signed a deal with the Haas F1 team next year. He will join fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin as his Haas teammate. Schumacher is filling in big shoes in Formula 1 as the son of seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher.

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The name appears to have destined Mick for a racing career. His performance in Formula 2 guaranteed his Formula 1 place this year, as he is currently on the top of F2 standings and set to win the championship.

His famous name has always drawn attention towards his racing career. Meanwhile, his brilliant performances in Formula 3 and Formula 2 have solidified his racecraft.

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While he started his motorsports career in 2008, he got the taste of driving cars much earlier in his life.

Mick Schumacher was just a year old when he got behind a wheel for the first time. His father, Michael Schumacher, held his hands on the steering while sitting beside young Mick Schumacher.

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When he first entered the motorsport field in 2008, he raced in go-karts under his mother’s maiden name, Betsch to not draw any unwanted attention because of his father’s name.

Schumacher Sr suffered severe injuries in a skiing accident in 2013, which made a significant impact on 14-year-old Mick’s life. In interviews since then, he has referred to his father as his idol and role model.

FILE PHOTO: Racing driver Mick Schumacher attends an event to celebrate 90 years of Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari racing team at Milan’s Duomo square, in Milan, Italy September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Flavio lo Scalzo/File Photo

Mick claimed he was left speechless after the news became official. He thanked his family and Ferrari Driver Academy for entrusting him with a Formula 1 car. “The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” he said.

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The only question persisting is whether Mick will live up to the Schumacher legacy of his father Michael and Uncle Ralf. Haas will depend on his performance to help take them back to the midfield in the standings. Meanwhile, the German seems ready to make his much-awaited Formula 1 debut.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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