Mick Details Exact Moment He Revealed His F1 Ambitions to Father Michael Schumacher – “He Told Me…”

Published 04/27/2021, 9:01 AM EDT
Racing driver Mick Schumacher attends an event to celebrate 90 years of Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari racing team at Milan’s Duomo square, in Milan, Italy REUTERS/Flavio lo Scalzo/File Photo


Behind the success of every F1 driver are the vital experiences learned in Karting. The formative years play an important role, as it must have done with the latest racing prodigy, Mick Schumacher. At some point in time, every young Karting driver has to commit himself to the sport of professional racing. And Mick has revealed the exact moment he revealed to his father, Michael Schumacher, of his ambitions.

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Mick and his father were in a small town in Germany when this career-defining moment occurred. In an exclusive interview with Italian Publication, Gazzetta, he divulged the details –

“I was with my father, I remember it well: we were in Kerpen, at the kart track. We were chatting and he asked me if I considered racing as a simple hobby or a serious thing. I was clear: it was serious for me.” (Quotes translated from Italian using Google)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 6: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the drivers parade prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 6, 2005, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Now, the reaction of a parent who has been successful in the same field can vary. While some are over the moon, the others may be a little hesitant about their children going down the same route. But Mick‘s parents were calm and supportive, “He and my mother supported me in this choice.”

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What advice Michael Schumacher gave to Mick at that time

A parent’s advice to his children can make a lot of impression on them. After all, Lewis Hamilton learned the art of late-breaking from his father, Anthony Hamilton, in Karting.

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In the case of Michael Schumacher, the former Ferrari driver just wanted his son to prove how serious he was; to prove his love for racing on the track by putting in the work on track. If you are passionate about what you do in life, you will eventually succeed-

“The most important thing he told me was that I enjoyed what I was doing. And seeing that I put that suggestion into practice was very important to him then. If you love what you do, you do it well.”

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

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Mick’s father’s advice ultimately paid off. The young German’s work ethic and professionalism match his drive. Because of this, even the neutrals want to see him succeed.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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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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