Ross Brawn Hints at Michael Schumacher Being Unaware of Mick’s F1 Debut

Published 12/15/2020, 3:16 AM EST
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 19: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari talks to the media during a Shell Press Conference at the Transamerica Hotel during the previews to the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit on in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The name ‘Schumacher’ is just months away from returning to the Formula 1 grid. Only this time, it isn’t Michael Schumacher, but his son, Mick Schumacher. During a podcast, Former Ferrari chief, and a friend of Michael’s, Ross Brawn, opened up that he is eagerly waiting for Mick’s first F1 season to commence.


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However, the return of the Schumacher name also dragged Brawn down an emotional memory lane to his years with the seven-time world champion.

What did Brawn say about the F1 legend?


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During the F1 Nation podcast, Alex Jacques asked Brawn about his emotions on seeing the name Schumacher back on the timesheet again.

Very much. I think it just reminds us of the tragedy of Michael’s accident. Because how wonderful it would have been if Michael was able to participate in that,” he replied.

Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari smiles after the Vodafone Race on Piazza Duomo in Milan during the preview to the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

None of us know how much Michael is able to understand. But if he had been part of that, and let’s pray and hope that one day he might, because that would be very, very special,” the current F1 Managing Director added.

The news of Michael’s accident was a rather painful one, considering the German has always been a part of the Formula 1 family.

Brawn, in particular, has been one of Michael’s closest friends, as the two worked together in Ferrari during the late 90s and early 2000s. Hence, the German’s accident may have caused a bit more pain to Brawn.

Brawn hopes Mick can perform as well as Michael Schumacher

A lot of expectations are piling up over Mick since Haas F1 signed the young German for 2021. Furthermore, the fact that he will end up in the place where his father left off could bring back a lot of emotions.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – New Haas’ driver Mick Schumacher tests the car during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

Hence, the entire F1 community will be hoping to see Mick successfully fill his father’s big shoes, and raise the domination of Schumacher again.

Mick’s doing an amazing job under the circumstances with that famous name. [It] opens doors. But it brings a lot of weight with it as well,” Brawn said.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Haas’ Mick Schumacher walks the circuit with his team REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

So, the whole family is a great family and a lovely family. I really hope that Mick can succeed.”


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Mick, in general, has lived up to his hype so far, considering he recently won the Formula 2 world championship title, which consequently opened the doors to F1.

Although it is unlikely that he could show his true pace in Haas, he could eventually become a part of Scuderia Ferrari just like his father.


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However, can he prove his worth in the sport amid massive expectations? And if he does, will Michael return to normalcy and enjoy watching his son race in Formula 1?


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.