Mick Schumacher Divulges on the Biggest Difference Between F1 & F2 Ahead of Bahrain GP

Published 03/24/2021, 8:41 AM EDT
SCARPERIA, ITALY: Mick Schumacher of Germany prepares to drive the Ferrari F2004 of his father Michael Schumacher before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher is coming into his maiden F1 weekend as the reigning Formula 2 champion. Hence, the German prodigy is no slouch behind the wheel and can trouble his contemporaries with his pace. However, there is a whole world of difference between driving an F2 car and an F1 car.

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Being the pinnacle of motorsports, it is equipped with the savviest technology that exists, designed and created by some of the best engineers in the world. So, naturally, there is a huge change in driving characteristics that Mick must have observed.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 11: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the Alfa-Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Ahead of his F1 debut, he sat down with the media person at the Haas F1 team for an interview. When asked to reveal the biggest difference he observed since coming over from the feeder series last season, he replied, “Definitely tires.

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“You know the tires are completely different. We have no sensors in Formula 2, so it’s all by feeling. And in Formula 1, we have a lot of sensors, so we can work with them.”

The Pirelli compounds are just one of the few big changes. Moreover, the margin for error is also slim, as the qualifying lap in F1 is not preceded by a warm-up lap like in F2. Like Mick says, it is just a different world altogether.

“The approach to driving is very different. It doesn’t mean that it’s bad; It’s just two different worlds, really and two different ways of approaching a weekend.”

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The Ferrari Academy graduate is not only adapting well to the car but also acclimatizing himself well with the team. Sometimes the integration into a new environment can take some time. But for Mick, he’s taken it like a fish to water.

“Working with the team was great. Obviously, having had last year’s FP1 and the whole weekend in general, was amazing. You know, getting to know them there. I felt I was warmly welcomed when coming here for the seat,” said Mick Schumacher.

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

The pressure will be on Mick to deliver, particularly from the die-hard fans of Michael Schumacher. But, being a rookie, he will take some time to adjust to the pace of Formula 1 and flourish as the season goes by.

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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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