Mick Schumacher Annoyed by New F1 Rule Change: ‘I Don’t Like to Hear That’

Published 02/17/2021, 5:56 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – OCTOBER 13: Mick Schumacher #4 looks on after race 1 of the final race of the Formula 3 Championship at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Almost everyone in the racing community is looking forward to seeing Mick Schumacher behind the wheels of an F1 car. The German will be arriving into his rookie season and will need as much track time as possible to prepare. However, that may not be so easy to come by.

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Unlike his father Michael Schumacher‘s time, there is no such thing as unlimited testing now. All the teams now get a stipulated three-day testing period. On top of that, the FIA is reducing the practice session times that are available on Friday before the main race from three to two hours.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 New Haas’ driver Mick Schumacher tests the car during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

Mick‘s preparation is already been hampered by the travel restrictions because of COVID. Understandably, it does not delight him to read the most recent cut in testing time.

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“As a team, we only have three days of testing instead of six or eight days as in the previous years. That means I only get one and a half days of testing before my first race – and then an hour less training,” said Schumacher.

“No, I don’t like to hear that. But those are the rules. We’ll certainly make ends meet with that too. But of course, my biggest goal is to drive as much as possible.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Haas’ Mick Schumacher walks the circuit with his team REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

How is Mick Schumacher coping with limited on-track action?

However, it is not all doom and gloom for him. His father’s success with Ferrari means that he has a few resources at his disposal. While he cannot avail take advantage of the high-tech stimulator at Haas, he has one at home which he uses to hone his skills.

“Fortunately, I have the opportunity to do it at home and practice my routes there and sharpen my driving skills. But none of that is as good as sitting in a real car or in a reasonably large simulator like a Formula 1 team.”

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

Also, he is constantly having Zoom sessions with the Haas F1 team and taking invaluable notes. So, how does he rate his preparation on a scale of 1-10?

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“I’d rather say 9 because we still have a few weeks until the start,” he replied.

His fans will breathe a sigh of relief when they hear this. Despite all the obstacles, he is coping fine. Hopefully, it does not dampen his driving skills one bit and he can start the season in Bahrain firing on all cylinders.

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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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