‘Has Quality, Otherwise Wouldn’t Be an F2 Champion’: Former F1 Driver Defends Mick Schumacher

Published 02/10/2021, 6:05 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


While most F1 fans are excited to see Mick Schumacher line up on the grid in the upcoming seasons, a few are also skeptical of his actual talent and ability. They believe he got a race seat purely because of his last name.

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However, a former F1 driver does not share that opinion. The young German conquered every junior racing series he took part in, most recently winning the F2 title. But he is not someone who is quick straight away; he needs a period of adaptability and comes to the fore in his second season.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – OCTOBER 13: Mick Schumacher #4 looks on after race 1 of the final race of the Formula 3 Championship at Hockenheimring on October 13, 2018 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Mick is usually someone who starts slowly and moves up step by step. But he definitely has quality. Otherwise, you won’t be a champion in Formula 3 and Formula 2,” Jan Lammers said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com Netherlands.

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On the contrary, he is impressed by Mick’s attitude in the face of media pressure.

“Having the surname Schumacher makes it difficult for him. In some ways, it may be easier. But because he has such a surname, he is constantly on the eyes and compared to his father, which is extremely difficult. I think it was impressive to see how he already dealt with this situation.”

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 9, 2020 Spectators wait in a stand with a banner in reference to Mick Schumacher before the start of practice Ina Fassbender/Pool via REUTERS

Lammers dampening the expectations from Mick Schumacher

After his exploits in F2, Mick is making the step up into the pinnacle of motorsports. So, he will be officially entering the ring of fire. From the get-go, fans will be hoping to see him grace the podium just like his famous father, Michael Schumacher.

However, Lammers is throwing a wind of caution to that. Yet again, he will need a period of adjustment in his rookie year. Also, Haas is far from a contender on the grid.

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“Yet we shouldn’t expect it to immediately make a good impression at first. In this first year, we really need to leave him a little alone in terms of evaluation,” said Lammers.

We are just over a month away from witnessing the talents of Mick at the highest level. It will be an opportunity for the Ferrari Academy graduate to dispel the doubts and rise above his famous surname.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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