Ferrari VP Shares Distaste Over Manner of Addressing Schumacher ‘As if He Had Left Us’

Published 09/30/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix of Australia, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Park, 07 March 1999. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)


Enzo Ferrari’s son recently accepted the Mecenate Dello Sport Award. The Italian National Olympic Committee awarded Piero Ferrari for his selfless dedication to the Italian sport. in receiving the award, Piero also spoke about his friend Michael Schumacher.

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A crucial part of the history of the sport, Piero highlighted his relationship with the German. “I like to remember the moments with Michael off the track when he was a guest in our house and we quietly drank a glass of red wine together. A simple person in the most positive sense, clear, precise, very linear.”

MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Motorsport / Formel 1: GP von Bahrain 2004, Manama; Michael SCHUMACHER (GER) / Ferrari gewinnt den Grand Prix (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

However, Schumacher‘s accident continues to affect the lives of those around him. Standing up for his friend, Ferrari wishes people to address Schumacher correctly. “I do not like that Schumacher is talked about today as if he had left us.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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A Ferrari icon, Michael Schumacher’s racing is etched into F1’s history; one that is far from forgotten.

Piero addresses 2021 Ferrari duo

While Ferrari’s past had been glorious with Michael Schumacher, Piero talks highly of the team’s young present. The Vice President mentioned Carlos Sainz, who is in his debut season with the Prancing Horses. “He is a reliable and fast driver, as has been shown recently in Russia. We have a great team with him and Charles.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

However, the Italian may have his favorite in Charles Leclerc.

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Comparing the Monegasque to Gilles Villeneuve, he said,“Leclerc is a driver that my father would have liked. Comparisons with previous drivers are always difficult. But it can certainly be said that Gilles Villeneuve, for example, was a driver of pure instinct.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

The praises for Leclerc don’t end there. Charles Leclerc is now in his third year with the Italian outfit. After three impressive years with the team, Piero shared his analysis of the driver. “Charles is completely different: a smart boy. , blessed with incredible talent in all aspects, highly focused. If we give him the right car, he will still give us a lot of pleasure.”

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As the historic team continues to make strides in the sport, Ferrari once again finds itself in a battle with McLaren. As two iconic teams of the sport continue to battle it out, will the Leclerc-Sainz pairing bring home the P3 finish Ferrari fight for?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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