Red Bull Junior Praises Michael Schumacher’s Incredible Gesture: “Gave Me and My Sister Our First Go-Kart”

Published 02/21/2021, 3:25 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 6: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the drivers parade prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 6, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Michael Schumacher has inspired racers of multiple generations. The same is the case with Jack Doohan, the 20-year-old Australian driver, who is set to continue his second Formula 3 season with Trident this year.

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The Australian topped the final day of post-season testing in 2020 as Formula 3 provided a deeper insight into the man, his achievements, and his racing heroes. In the interview, he explained his relationship with Schumacher and his influence on Doohan’s career.

“I was fortunate enough that he was a family friend from a young age. Michael used to visit us in Australia occasionally and stay with us because my dad and him were friends. They lived next door to each other in Monaco at one point.”

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – MARCH 03: 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)

“Michael gave me and my sister our first go-kart when we were three. Given everything he has accomplished and his whole mentality, he is someone who I look up to massively,” he said.

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Jack Doohan on his father’s role in his career

Alongside Michael Schumacher, Doohan also explained the importance of his father in his racing career. His father, Mick Doohan, the five-time MotoGP world champion, helped provide him the opportunity to pursue a career in racing.

“My father as well because of how much he achieved, knowing that he came from nothing. He has given me the opportunity to be able to do this and I have been very fortunate to have been brought into this life.”

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“My dad didn’t have that luxury, so his dedication and work ethic were above and beyond and I hugely look up to that,” he shared.

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Doohan explained his driving style as aggressive, and Helmut Marko surely saw something special in the Australian and signed him to Red Bull’s junior program. Now, the Australian will hope to impress and quickly climb the ranks of the Formula series, so keep an eye out for this (hopefully) future Red Bull driver!

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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