Mick Schumacher Took Nearly 15 Hours To Complete Haas F1 Seat Fit: “Was Very Difficult”

Published 03/05/2021, 2:15 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)


The preparation of Haas rookie Mick Schumacher for the 2021 season has been curtailed by the restrictions in various countries, which has limited free travel. This has also seen his seat fit not go as smoothly as expected.

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The German got his Haas seat after a very dominant season in F2. He finished as F2 champion in 2020, in what was a pandemic-interrupted and fairly frantic race calendar. This mental fortitude and his maturity on the track has seen his promotion to F1 take place.

Seat fit didn’t go as well as anticipated according to Mick Schumacher

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In an interview following the reveal of the new Haas challenger for 2021, the Haas VF-21, the young German was happy the seat fit went ahead as scheduled.

He said, “Obviously, the seat fit was a very long day. We started I think, at eight o’clock in the morning, and then we finished at 10:30pm. But it was worth it. We managed to get a seat done, which was really good.”

“It was very difficult for me to get my seat fit done.

“We had a plan, and then the rules changed, and I had to self quarantine. So I had to find a spot where I could give up 10 days basically to give myself the room to go to the team for one and a half days, which is really not a lot for seven days of quarantining

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)

However, he’s not fully satisfied and expects to work out the kinks when testing rolls around. He said, “It feels good on the outside obviously. A seat is always very special, but it can feel very good when you’re stationary and the moment you drive, it feels crap.”

“So it’s something we’ll just have to figure out on track. And after that, we’ll do modifications. We have to, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got a good seat. And now it is all about trying and perfect it.”

Haas expectations of the German speedster in 2021

Mick Schumacher wouldn’t have guessed at the beginning of 2020 that his F1 debut would come in pandemic times. He will be making his debut in rather strange circumstances and this will test him mentally.

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Haas have openly said that they are not going to focus on the 2020 car at all. This gives the German a free hit for this season. This will lineup interestingly with the German almost always having a slow start in a new category of racing. 

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 on December 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

So, the youngster could look to use this to his advantage and get vital race experience within an F1 car. But there will be one yardstick on which he will be measured.

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That will be his ability to beat teammate Nikita Mazepin on the track. If he does that, he shouldn’t be too disappointed with his season. This battle will be interesting to watch and could make for an exciting watch on track. 

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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