Ralf Schumacher Admits He Wouldn’t Be in F1 Without Brother Michael Schumacher’s Help

April 3, 2021 4:00 pm

Ralf Schumacher was indeed a pretty good F1 driver. He had a few really impressive seasons, but the title always eluded him. Unfortunately, the main reason he wasn’t that highly rated was that he had a certain Michael Schumacher as his brother. The 7-times world champion’s success always overshadowed Ralf’s career, as it would anyone. However, Ralf looks at it from a different perspective and believes Michael’s fame gave him a chance to be in the F1 setup in the first place.

The ex-Williams driver believes Michael and their manager, Willi Weber, played a massive role in getting him into the junior categories that lead up to F1.

He said (translated via Google), “Without Michael and our joint manager Willi Weber, I might never have ended up in Formula 1. You have to be that honest. They opened doors for me, of course. And that already in the junior formulas. Would I have ended up in the Opel Formula 3 works team without my brother? Hardly likely. “

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN. Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

However, Ralf also admits that after being afforded the opportunity, the onus was on him to perform. And the ex-Williams driver feels he did perform well enough in the junior categories to win an F1 seat on merit.

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Ralf Schumacher feels he grabbed the opportunity that came thanks in part to Michael Schumacher

The 6-times Grand Prix race winner said, “I then had to perform. I won the race in Macau, which is known as the F3 World Championship. I won the hard-fought Formula 3000 championship in Japan in 1996, which was not easy for a foreigner. 

“So I took the chance that I was given and I think that was why I deserved my entry into Formula 1 because of my performance. But unfortunately, not everyone could understand.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

With Michael still recovering from his skiing accident, Ralf is keeping a close eye on Mick Schumacher, his nephew. Ralf thought young Mick did quite well on his debut in a difficult-to-handle Haas car.

However, he acknowledged that the young German won’t be able to achieve much this season in terms of performances. The best Mick can do is eliminate the errors from his game and be a sponge to soak in all the information and experience.

Schumacher Jr’s next test will be in Imola. Will he be able to open his F1 points tally then?

Ronan Carvalho

Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College. Being an experienced voice on the sport, he has nearly 1000 Formula 1 articles to his name. Having fallen in love with cars at a young age, he soon became an ardent lover of the F1 series and claims Kimi Raikkonen to be his favourite driver and Spa to be his favorite track, thanks in a large part to the thrill of watching cars go through Radillon (yes, not Eau Rouge). However, he doesn't let his biases get in the way of his writing, delivering objective and precise articles to fans of the sport both new and old.

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