Is Mick Schumacher Prone to More Mistakes Amidst Pressure From New Haas Teammate Kevin Magnussen?

Published 03/30/2022, 1:47 PM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 10: . ,Mick Schumacher (DEU),Uralkali Haas F1 Team,Kevin Magnussen (DNK) during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 10, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Hasan Bratic/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The race weekend in Jeddah was full of action from neck-to-neck clashes to crashes on the tricky circuit. Among the many moments last week, the horrific crash of Mick Schumacher was one of the unforgettable ones. Further, F1 experts believe the crash was the result of pressure from Mick’s teammate.

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The young Schumacher joined Haas F1 last season, which was also his debut in Formula One alongside Nikita Mazepin. The journey of the young German has been full of challenges. Last season he was competing with Mazepin, with an uncompetitive Haas F1 car. But after his departure, Mick got a new rival in the form of Kevin Magnussen.

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K-Mag pressure on the young Schumacher

The Dane returned to F1 after a year but he has experience in this sport and also with the Haas F1 team. K-Mag didn’t get much time with the VF-22 but still bagged points for the team in both the races this season. Meanwhile, Schumacher has been struggling to prove his worth. In his first race this season, he finished P11 and in the second race, he couldn’t even participate due to a horrific crash.

The former Force India managing director, Colin Kolles, believes that Mick is still not close enough to his Danish teammate. Despite Magnussen’s absence from the sport for a year, the Dane still perform well after his comeback. Kolles said, “He [Mick] has to work very hard to get to the level of Kevin Magnussen. He [Kevin] came back in without testing and after a year without driving in Formula 1 and was immediately better.”

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Even F1 driver Christian Danner believes that K-Mag is huge pressure on Mick. Further, Schumacher trying to beat Magnussen led to his crash in Jeddah. Danner said, “It was really a shocking moment. A result of the pressure his new team-mate is putting on him. The bar is much higher there.”

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What’s next for Mick Schumacher?

The 23-year-old is one of the best young talents in the F1. He has a phenomenal career in F2. He just started his career in F1 and has a long way ahead. Furthermore, his performance this season looks far better than his performance last year. In 2021, Schumacher usually finished races at the bottom of the grid. But this season he moved to P11 in his first race, a lot of the credit for which can go to the new Haas 2022 challenger. Also, he could have done better in the second race if he didn’t crash in qualifying.

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Schumacher could have raced in Jeddah. But the team didn’t allow him because of a lack of parts in the factory and having less chance to score in that race. Instead, the American constructor is looking forward to the next race in Australia. Let’s see if Mick Schumacher could shine in the third race of this season and finally bag some points.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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