Mick Schumacher Opens up on the Pressure of Emulating His Father’s F1 Success

Published 12/16/2020, 12:11 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Alfa Romeo’s Mick Schumacher on the circuit wearing a protective face mask with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay


After a gap of eight seasons, the F1 paddock will welcome another Schumacher. This time it will be the legendary Michael Schumacher‘s own son. Mick Schumacher will race for Haas next season.

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Given his famous surname, one cannot help but wonder how easy it must have been for him to tap into the sport. Ferrari is also backing him. Even without stepping into the car once, Mick can raise the profile of a team.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 9, 2020 Spectators wait in a stand with a banner in reference to Mick Schumacher before the start of practice Ina Fassbender/Pool via REUTERS

However, it is important to note that he is the reigning champion of F1’s feeder series, F2. This means that he earned his stripes in the sport. Eventually, he has to get behind the wheel of the car and drive it to the absolute limit.

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Arguing that it is his passion and not his name that inspires him, Mick said“At the end, I am the one driving the car. It’s not my name driving me.”

“So, obviously, the name does open a lot of doors. It opens a lot of contacts. But at the end, none of those people are racing for me. And I am doing this because I want to be here. I am doing this because I love the sport,” Mick added.

Mick Schumacher is not focussed on emulating his father

Even though he wants to treat himself like just another young driver in the sport, there is a certain pressure on his shoulders from fans who expect him to emulate or, dare we say it, even better his father’s accomplishments.

However, Mick is just happy to be in F1 for now and he is not looking too far ahead.

“I am sure nobody goes into the sport and says ‘I am gonna win everything. I am gonna be let’s say 7-time World Champion.’

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“If it (his f1 career) does happen to be a very successful one, then I will be, as I said, over the moon. And if it doesn’t, I still managed to get into F1 and do what I enjoyed the most,” Mick expressed.

SCARPERIA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: 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)

How can one not want him to achieve success? He is as humble as an F1 driver gets. Unlike some other privileged F1 kids, he is hardworking, appreciative, and respectful of other people.

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Hopefully, his F1 journey, which begins with Haas, brings him a lot of success and happiness.

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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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