Mick Schumacher Must “Outperform” Subpar Haas F1 Car: Brundle

Published 03/09/2021, 8:35 AM EST
Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing prepares for practice ahead of the Formula 2 Championship at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher, who is making his F1 debut this year, will, unfortunately, start his career from the back of the grid with Haas. The American team have failed to live up to the potential, fielding a grossly incompetent car. To make things worse, the car won’t have an upgrade for 2021.

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The lackluster car won’t make it easy for the rookie in his first season on the grid. However, F1 pundit, Martin Brundle believes that Schumacher must exceed expectations once he is behind the wheel of an underpowered Haas.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Mick Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari in the Paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Mick Schumacher will have to give it his all

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On the Sky Sports F1 channel, Martin Brundle said, “So Mick’s got to beat his teammate and be there on those crazy or rainy or crazy and rainy days, trying to steal a world championship point, outperform the car.”

He added, “Like Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso did in a Minardi, Michael Schumacher did in a Jordan, Ayrton Senna did in a Toleman. I’m not putting him up there, at that level, but necessarily we have to wait and see.”

“But I think Mick is just going to keep his head down not make silly mistakes and be there to pick up the pieces and just show.” Brundle concluded.

The Schumacher name returns to the grid

Mick is the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher. With his powerful surname comes quite a lot of pressure, and the 21-year-old will hope to replicate what his dad achieved in the sport.

He won the F2 championship last year and hopes to bring that winning mentality into this debut season. Mick will partner up with his rival from F2, Nikita Mazepin, for the upcoming F1 championship.

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The two rookie drivers will hope to take the Haas team towards the front of the grid in their first year in F1. Whether Mick is able to outperform his car and his teammate, we’ll only find out once the lights go out in Bahrain.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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