Ferrari Driver Coach Names Aspect Where Mick Schumacher Surpasses Michael Schumacher

Published 06/10/2021, 6:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


It is a well-known fact that Michael Schumacher was always hailed as a team player, which consequently played a crucial role in his success with Ferrari as the German secured a whopping 5 championship titles. Interestingly, his son, Mick Schumacher, is showing similar characteristics with the Haas F1 team.

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What’s more, Charles Leclerc’s driver coach, Jock Clear, too, acknowledged the similarities, having worked with both the Schumachers. However, Jock reckoned that there is an aspect where Mick is looking much better than his legendary father.

What did the Ferrari engineer say?

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During an interview with Sport Bild, the Briton opened up that Mick is a much quieter driver than Michael, which is helping the former build a much stronger relationship with Haas, and potentially Ferrari as well.

Absolutely. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s no surprise at all that Mick has these qualities,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

It was Michael’s traits and he grew up in this environment, even if he wasn’t old enough at the time to have actually experienced it in Michael’s world championship years.

But the whole family environment will have passed these skills on to Mick. And now he’s bringing that to Haas. His dynamic in the team is very positive.

And the method he uses is almost better than Michael’s because he’s a quieter guy by nature,” Jock continued.

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The Ferrari engineer opened up that the Italian outfit were awestruck by the similarities between Mick and his father, Michael, with whom they enjoyed one of their best phases in F1.

It is fascinating for me and many at Ferrari to work first with Michael and now with Mick and to see their similarities, but also the differences. At the end of the day, everyone is different. There is not only one way,” the 57-year-old said.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

It isn’t just Mick’s relationship with Haas that has left everyone impressed but also his immense bond with compatriot Sebastian Vettel.

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It was quite evident over the recently concluded race weekend at Baku that Mick was eager to know the 4-time World Champion’s finishing position in the race. He further breathed a sigh of relief when he got to know that Vettel saw the chequered flag in P2.

This clearly indicates the positive attitude the young German possesses. Hence, will Mick continue to gain more respect around the F1 paddock in the coming years? It only seems inevitable!

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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