Mercedes Reserve Mick Schumacher the Only Hope to Save “Tragedy” Of Motorsport

Published 01/24/2023, 8:00 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – October 27, 2022 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during a press conference REUTERS/Henry Romero

In this highly competitive environment of Formula 1 racing, not everything and everyone survives. This is the case with drivers, teams, and even personnel. In fact, if we take a gander, sometimes even countries don’t survive the boiler room that is Formula 1. Taking Mick Schumacher as an example, let’s look at the fall of F1 in Germany.

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Mick’s father, Michael Schumacher, was part of the golden generation of F1 drivers. Even after Michael, the grid had some excellent German drivers, championship-winning drivers. In fact, in 2010, there were as many as seven Germans in the premier class. Heading into 2023, however, there is only Nico Hulkenberg on the grid

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Former Mercedes boss Norbert Haug expressed these opinions to the German news outlet RND. “In Germany, Formula 1 has turned into a tragedy that every motorsport enthusiast can only be ashamed of,” he expressed.

“For a dozen years, in the late 1990s and 2000s, there were two Formula 1 races a year in Germany, in front of full ranks and over 100,000 each. On RTL, twelve million interested people watched instead of three million today. There hasn’t been a German Grand Prix for a long time” [Translated by Google]

“Today Nico Hülkenberg still has one in what is at best a second-rate team and Mick Schumacher is a promising substitute driver – but at least in the right team,” he concluded.

Germany, as a nation, has come from hosting two GPs, to none in 2023. It is safe to say that they have completely fallen off the F1 bandwagon. However, the German former boss has high hopes for the young Schumacher.

Former Mercedes boss believes Mick Schumacher can bring the German influence back

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Not just the former boss of Mercedes, but even Mick’s former boss believes the German is in the right place. But can a non-driving role at Mercedes reap rewards for Mick?

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 20, 2022 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during a press conference ahead of the United States Grand Prix REUTERS/Mike Segar

Haug added, “In my opinion, this is indeed a real stroke of luck for Mick, and Mercedes would do well to sign a German driver into its Formula 1 team. He will seize this learning and training opportunity with the very best and make the most of it.”

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Audi and Porsche’s inclusion in the sport might bring some boost to Germany. However, before that happens, there is a lot resting on Mick’s young shoulders.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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