Mick Schumacher Confesses to a “Weird” F1 Habit

Published 04/08/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Formula 1 drivers go through a series of physical and mental exercises to keep themselves capable of handling the high adrenaline of driving an F1 car. Of course, each driver follows their own strategies to keep themselves focused through a race. Similarly, Mick Schumacher, too, has one, and it seems to be working well.

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The son of seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher, joined the F1 grid for the ongoing 2021 season with the Haas F1 team.

And for any driver that’s making a leap into F1 from other racing series, an upswing in mental work is a primary requirement. This is because of the massive increase in speed, G-force, and decrease in grip.

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Hence, amid such a significant changeover, Mick revealed the strategy he prefers in keeping himself focused while racing on the track.

What did Mick Schumacher say?

As reported by Sport1, the young German opened up that talking to himself has been one of the most helpful strategies in staying concentrated while behind the wheel.

Somebody once told me it was very helpful to talk to yourself in the car. When I first heard that, I thought, ‘Hm, sounds weird’. But it’s actually very, very helpful,” the F1 rookie said. (Translated from German using Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The German may have joined the F1 paddock hoping to see occasional top 10 finishes over his rookie season. However, the reality doesn’t seem to be helping his wish. Haas have merely looked like a mid-field.

To make it worse, both their rival teams, Alfa Romeo and Williams witnessed growth in performance, leaving the American team to race all on their own at the bottom of the field.

I talk to get fully focused again: Mick

The Schumacher Jr opened up on how talking to himself has helped him over the years in racing.

If you are able to talk to yourself, then you are always able to find your way back to your own thoughts. You can go through various problems. And so it helps me when I talk to myself to get fully focused again,” Mick said.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Overall, Mick seems to be taking the appropriate steps in improving his on-track performances. Hence, this season could be a learning curve for the German.

But how different will the Mick Schumacher of 2022 shape up to be? Will he manage to impress his dream F1 team, Ferrari, sooner than expected?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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