‘Reminds Me a Lot of His Dad’ – Kimi Raikkonen Shows His Soft Spot for Mick Schumacher

Published 03/24/2021, 2:44 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during an interview before practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS


In the approaching 2021 F1 season, Mick Schumacher is one of the three drivers set to make a debut outing in the world-class racing series. And of course, there have been suggestions that his surname may have played a substantial role in guiding him to where he is now.

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However, that doesn’t seem to be the case according to the one-time world champion, Kimi Raikkonen. The Iceman revealed that he has immense respect for the young German and reckoned that his path to F1 has everything to do with his talent.

Kimi’s view of Mick Schumacher

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As reported by Motorlat, Kimi revealed that the entire paddock has been respectful to Mick since his official F1 entry. However, he also clarified that Mick hasn’t used his surname to his advantage, and rather relied heavily on his talent.

Sure part of it is that (people having a lot of goodwill for him because of his Dad), but he’s not in F1 because of his second name,” the 41-year-old said.

Mick is joining the F1 grid after a strong showing in F2 with PREMA Racing. However, he doesn’t seem to be getting up to pace from the get-go. Instead, his two seasons in F2 indicated that Mick takes his own time to get up to speed.

During his debut season in F2, Mick faced nothing but struggles. Hence, instead of chasing after points that weren’t there for the take, he used the season to familiarize himself with the car.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Consequently, the German returned to the 2020 F2 season, filled with confidence, and produced some jaw-dropping performances throughout the year. That stellar outing in F2 ended up opening the doors to F1, a series where his father once laid his dominion.

Hopefully, he has a decent car: Kimi

Mick will be racing for the bottom-field team, Haas. Of course, they were once dominating the mid-field pack, but the 2019 F1 season managed to disrupt the upward trajectory, and the team have seen nothing but downfall since.

Hence, with Haas keen on returning to their older form, Kimi is hoping that Mick Schumacher gets a competitive car to race with.

It’ll be exciting to see; hopefully he has a decent car. He reminds me a lot of his Dad. I’m very happy for him,” Kimi said.

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 root cause of Haas’ downfall is the team’s lack of funding.

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They did get huge financial support from Rich Energy, who were the team’s title sponsors for a handful of races in 2019. However, since the bitter end of the duo’s relationship, Haas have been adamant against calling upon a replacement, consequently pulling the team further behind in terms of on-track performances.

Finally, this season, they’ve got Uralkali as their title sponsors.

So, will this union help Haas halt their brief terrible run, and help them make a leap to the mid-field again? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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