REVEALED: What Made ‘Michael Schumacher Kid’ Andreas Seidl Analyze F1 Practice Session

Published 07/14/2021, 1:46 PM EDT
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)


For many, Michael Schumacher is the reason they fell in love with Formula One; and Team Principal of McLaren, Andreas Seidl is no different as he too was lured into the sport by the world champion.

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Seidl remembers how Schumacher got him addicted to Formula One

Speaking on a episode of the podcast, In the Fast Lane, being asked if he was a Schumi fan. He replied, “I am definitely a Michael Schumacher kid. 92′ I started really to watch in detail Formula One with Michael.

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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)

“Starting to be in Formula One, starting to be so successful, that is when I started to analyze free practice sessions at home, with all the technology that was around at that time.

“Watching timesheets and so that when the desire simply grew that I want to be part of Formula One at one point, I had this dream to be an engineer in Formula One and make my contributions.

“I still remember I always had this dream to be once on the starting grid on Monaco as an engineer. This actually happened for the first time which was a special moment for me,” Seidl concluded.

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Andreas got a chance to meet the man, who made him fall in love with the sport

Many of us dream to meet our idols, and Seidl had his wish come true as he got to meet Schumacher. He recalls how the interaction went and started that he was nervous and had to act cool.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He said, “Clearly Michael [Schumacher] He was the reason why I started to follow Formula One. I still remember we sat together for the first time at dinner. I had to play cool, like this was something normal for me, I wasn’t very cool.”

Now, a part of McLaren, he will surely aim to do well and bring great success to his team, just like his idol did with Ferrari. Seidl’s next agenda is to make sure that the team bags maximum points from Silverstone this weekend and get ahead in the team’s standings.

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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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