Ferrari Driver Coach Believes Mick Schumacher Has Proven His Biggest Trait in Mazepin F1 Battle

Published 08/12/2021, 7:33 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)


Mick Schumacher is a talented driver on the F1 grid, a hard worker, and a quick learner. Ferrari’s academy coach, Jock Clear talked in detail about what he likes about the German driver, and how eager he is to learn and improve in his debut season in F1.

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By winning the F2 championship last season, there were a lot of expectations pinned on Mick as he was going to enter F1. However, it hasn’t quite gone his way so far, but he is constantly striving to improve and become better.

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Ferrari coach admires one quality of Mick Schumacher

The 21-year-old has entered the pinnacle of motorsport and wants to leave a mark on the grid in his debut season. However, qualifying was an area of weakness for him before entering F1. But the fact that he addressed it this season by comprehensively beating his teammate, Nikita Mazepin, head-to-head, highlights his ability to learn things quickly.

Speaking in an episode of the podcast, Beyond the Grid. Clear said, “Actually I am quite impressed with his out and out speed this year, to be honest. People said to me at the beginning of the year, ‘Yeah but how is he going to get on with Mazepin?’ I said, ‘Well I wouldn’t be surprised if Mazepin starts off out-qualifying him a few times because Mick takes a while to get up to speed.'”

“But actually, not the case, and Mick’s continued to make good progress in that area. So it was an area, that we identified, and it’s an area Mick has addressed.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“And, I think that is his best trait, at the moment. You tell him something once, and he is on it and he deals with it. And you’re like “oh my god he’s fixed it”, and that will serve him very well,” he concluded.

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How is Mick doing this season?

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The Haas rookie isn’t having the best debut season so far this year. The German finds himself getting knocked in the first round of qualifying, which often limits his chances of bagging some points for his team.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

As of now, Schumacher Jr hasn’t been able to seize any points for the Guenther-led team, but is hoping to do so in the second half of the season.

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With the summer break now on, Mick will aim to bounce from the disappointing Hungarian GP, where he placed twelfth, and hopes to achieve a better result at Spa for the Belgium GP later this month.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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