McLaren Boss Andreas Seidl Recalls His First Meeting With Michael Schumacher

Published 06/07/2021, 1:27 PM EDT
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – APRIL 04: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen on the Ferrari pitwall before qualifying for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 4, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Recently, the F1 YouTube channel gathered various Team Principals and asked them all sorts of questions. Among them, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl gave a very interesting tidbit.

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As it turns out, the legendary Michael Schumacher was the one who inspired him to work in Formula One. The McLaren Team Principal said, “Clearly Michael [Schumacher] He was the reason why I started to follow Formula One.

“I still remember, we sat together for the first time at a dinner. I had to play cool, like this was something normal for me, I wasn’t very cool.”

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In all honesty, who wouldn’t be tongue-tied in the presence of the Red Baron? Despite his on-track reputation, Michael Schumacher still commanded a lot of respect.

It is no wonder that many current drivers speak fondly of the 7-time World Champion to this day. For the moment, the German legend continues to live in the privacy of his home in Switzerland.

McLaren enjoyed a reasonably good day in Baku

Admittedly, the Woking squad did not have as successful a day as Aston Martin or AlphaTauri. However, they did bang in some solid results, with Lando Norris 5th and Daniel Ricciardo in 9th.

The outfit is still enjoying its 4th place in the championship, though they have inched closer to Ferrari.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

In fact, McLaren sits two points shy of the Maranello squad. On the bright side, they are comfortably ahead of AlphaTauri and Aston Martin. The latter two are currently locked in their own championship dogfight, with two points separating them as well.

While all that is going on, Red Bull surged ahead of Mercedes with a 26-point lead. It also helped that neither Mercedes finished in the points at Baku.

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