Mick Schumacher on What Interests Him the Most About the ‘Authentic’ Old F1 Races

Published 12/26/2020, 12:31 AM EST
FILE PHOTO: Racing driver Mick Schumacher attends an event to celebrate 90 years of Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari racing team at Milan’s Duomo square, in Milan, Italy. REUTERS/Flavio lo Scalzo/File Photo


Schumacher is a name that any F1 fan can associate with classic old races. They are part of the sport’s folklore, and drivers of today seek motivation from such races. One of the many upcoming drivers who looks at them with keen eyes is none other than Mick Schumacher.

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Aside from watching his father’s glory days, why does Mick watch these old races? Speaking to Scuderia Fans for an exclusive interview, he explained why –

“The most authentic and profound meaning of some moments that have marked the history of racing. Today the gestures, the techniques, the approaches are the fruit of what belongs to the past.”

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Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari drives in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

While he watches these races to admire the overall skill and racecraft of all drivers, there is one move that he especially looks out for.

“I am particularly interested in overtaking. The techniques and style of overtaking. Time changes the cars and the dynamics, but there is always the opportunity to discover something that has affected the subsequent chapters.

“In the development of a sport as complex as ours, many valuable things can be identified,” said Mick.

Mick Schumacher appreciates comparisons with Michael

Being the son of arguably the greatest driver of his era brings with it a lot of unfair expectations. Just like the great Michael Schumacher, fans want Mick to achieve legendary success in F1. Thus, the hype surrounding him is unprecedented.

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However, one can feel bothered by such constant comparisons. Surprisingly, Mick only feels ‘honored’ and ‘incentivized’ with the parallels fans draw between him and his father.

“I have never had a problem when my father Michael is remembered, when a comparison is sought. I think it’s an honour and an incentive to be involved with such an important person,” said the 2021 Haas driver.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2020 Haas’ Mick Schumacher walks the circuit with his team REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Fans and critics are eagerly awaiting to see the Ferrari Academy driver in action next season. Though, the young rookie has his work cut with the struggling team. He will be thrown at the deep end, and maybe we all will get a clearer picture of where he stands among the other drivers.

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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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