Mick Schumacher Hopes To Take a Leaf Out of His Father’s Book in F1

Published 12/29/2021, 9:15 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 02: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Scuderia Ferrari SF90 walks out of the garage during F1 testing in Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Today marks eight years since Michael Schumacher met with a lamentable skiing accident in France. While not much is known about the health of the champion, we know he is recovering in the presence of his family. Mick Schumacher, therefore, looks up to his father’s resilience- both off and on the track.

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Reflecting on an eventful rookie year in F1, Mick noted what he considered as the highlights of his season. Predictably, it was his impressive race in Budapest and his Q2 appearance in Turkey. “To get that far with an inferior car was a really good feeling.”

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However, there was a moment that trumped his significant accomplishments on the track. “The release of the documentary about my father’s life in Formula 1 on Netflix was also a special moment for me this year.”

The film was a special moment for the fans, but especially for Mick. Yet, while the success of the film and its honor makes him happy, it was bittersweet for the young driver. “It’s extremely difficult for me to watch the film. This shows how much feeling there is, how many emotions it triggers.”

Although difficult, it was a source of motivation for Schumi Jr“I don’t like to compare myself to others, I prefer to try to go my own way. But I’m already looking for a comparison with my papa.”

Mick Schumacher hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps

Mick has dedicated much of his rookie season to his father. From the helmet in Spa to driving the Benetton in Silverstone- it’s no secret that he is his father’s son. Mick already shares a lot in common with his father. With a kind heart of gold and steely determination on the track; despite having the slowest car on the grid, Mick has fought hard.

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Further, he hopes to bring the Schumacher name home to Ferrari. What gives him hope is his likeliness to his father.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I am told that we are very similar. I have the greatest respect for what he has achieved; He had to work hard for his victories and championships, nothing was given to him. That impresses me, the power and energy that he showed, the concentration to always be 100 percent involved. I do believe that I will benefit from it.”

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Thus, the crystal ball seems to read that there will be a day we see the rookie in Red; not for anything else but his sheer skill and caliber behind the wheel of an F1 car.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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