Russell Explains His Sympathy for Mick Schumacher as He Predicts Future Ferrari F1 Battles

Published 08/29/2021, 6:44 AM EDT
FILE PHOTO: Racing driver Mick Schumacher attends an event to celebrate 90 years of Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari racing team at Milan’s Duomo square, in Milan, Italy. REUTERS/Flavio lo Scalzo/File Photo


The qualification for the Belgian Grand Prix was wild, but one that will be remembered for a long time among Formula 1 fans. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen secured the pole position, but it was the  23-year-old George Russell who received all the spotlight as he qualified P2, ahead of his potential future teammate, Lewis Hamilton.

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Although this was not an overnight success for Russell, who struggled with an uncompetitive Williams car for the past two years. The young Brit has been immensely impressive for the Wantage-based team since he joined them back in 2019. He has out-qualified his teammates at almost every race weekend.

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Meanwhile, George Russell sympathizes with Mick Schumacher, who is in his rookie season with Haas and fighting for the last positions. In addition, the Brit believes Mick will fight with him for the championship in a Ferrari.

What did George Russell say about Mick Schumacher?

As quoted by F1 Insider, when asked about Mick Schumacher and his rookie season in Formula 1, George Russell replied: “Mick does a great job. I was also once in his position where you fight for the last positions every race weekend and the car is difficult to drive.”

“That makes it twice as difficult because a difficult-to-drive car forces you to make mistakes. That’s why I sympathize with him. But I also see that he has the right attitude and work ethic. He will be in Formula 1 for a long time, without a doubt.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021. Haas’ Mick Schumacher in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

Furthermore, the young Brit was asked about a potential future title championship fight between him and Mick Schumacher. To which Russell responded: “Quite possible. I’m sure he’ll be in the Ferrari in a few years.”

That would be a great honor: Russell on driving Mercedes

George Russell has been heavily linked with a move to Mercedes next season to replace Valtteri Bottas. The 23-year-old driver has previous experience of driving W12 when he replaced Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix after the latter had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Russell qualified at P2 after narrowly losing out on pole to teammate Valtteri Bottas. Russel looked poised to win the race until he got involved in a botched pit stop; eventually, the young Brit finished the race at P9 and secured his very first F1 points.

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Meanwhile, when asked about driving for Mercedes and not just as a guest starter, like in Bahrain in 2020, Russell replied: That would be a great honor for me. Mercedes is one of the most successful teams of all time.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021. Williams’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna Geron.

I don’t want to anticipate a decision, but I’m a Mercedes junior, so it’s only natural that I’ll be associated with promotion. Every junior’s dream is to become a regular driver one day. I wouldn’t be here without Mercedes.

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Can we witness George Russell driving Mercedes next season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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