Raikkonen Gives Mick Schumacher Key Advice Before Monaco GP Debut

Published 05/20/2021, 9:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The Circuit de Monaco is one of the tricky tracks on the F1 calendar. Given its narrow roads that give close to zero opportunities for overtaking, it can be a bit difficult to figure out your way around the circuit without prior experience. So, in the spirit of helping out, Kimi Raikkonen decided to give some advice to one of this year’s rookies, Mick Schumacher.

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The Alfa Romeo driver has told the Haas rookie to utilize his practice session on Thursday and Friday to acquire some knowledge of the track.

Veteran Kimi Raikkonen gives advice to Mick as he prepares for his Monaco race

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During the Wednesday press conference, Kimi was asked if he had any advice to offer Mick for the race. He said, “I think the important part is to stay on the track. Use the time the practice will be and not destroying the car.

“Because once you kind of fall off and you don’t spend the laps that the time would allow. It’s very easy to fall behind and never catch up. So I think just do the laps and try to follow the track.

“It keeps improving and changing so, you know take a bit of marching on the practice session just to get the laps in and learning,” Raikkonen concluded.

Mick excited about his upcoming Monaco Grand Prix

The young Haas driver will drive an F1 car around the streets of Monte Carlo for the first time. Having grown up around racing, he knows what a tricky circuit it is, and he knows he’ll have to be careful and give it his best.

As quoted by PlanetF1, Mick said, “You probably won’t find a Monaco twice, if that makes sense – you will never find the same race or same weekend twice there.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“It’s always special, there’s always something happening – something different happening. In general, it’s always a crazy performance from every driver to drive Monaco. It’s a real challenge there when you’re so close to the wall every time for over 70 laps.”

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“Mentally it’s super hard, super difficult, but it’s a challenge and that’s why it’s so fun to go to such a track. I’m really looking forward to it,” Schumacher Jr concluded.

Given that he hasn’t scored any points in his debut F1 season so far, the German would be keen to take all advice on offer and finish inside the top 10 for the first time this season.

Do you think Mick can finish inside points at Monaco? Let us know in the comments!

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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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