Steiner Willing to Sacrifice ’21 F1 Season for Haas Over Mick Schumacher’s Unique Racing Trait

Published 02/04/2021, 1:45 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 11: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the Alfa-Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher will be making his debut in Formula 1, driving for Haas. The German will be part of an all-rookie driver lineup along with Russian Nikita Mazepin. 

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The 21-year-old will be entering this season with the weight of expectations on him. Given the legacy he’s a part of, he will be expected to perform better than his teammate, and his performance will be under intense scrutiny. His father Michael Schumacher‘s records will be brought up every time he messes up. So, Mick will need to be mature to deal with that. 

His team boss, Guenther Steiner, certainly thinks he can deal with the pressure. He talked about how Mick always improves on his debut campaign in his sophomore season throughout his career.

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This will be a transition year for Mick Schumacher, says Steiner

Steiner, in an interview,  said, “I haven’t worked with him yet. But when you look at his results, the first season was always … not bad, okay. But he always struck the second season.” (translated via Google Translate)

“I think that’s because in the first season he analyzes what he can do better and in the second he then does it. Instead of trying to go through the wall with his head in the first season. He’s very cool that he doesn’t have to show in the first season that he belongs here.”

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)

Steiner thinks that this in line with the team’s philosophy. He said, “That is exactly my goal in Formula 1. The first year we go as a learning year, we know that. [2021] will be a transition year. And then the second year is what we want. Getting the best out of the boys. “

Schumi Jr’s career so far

Mick, throughout his career, has had a track record of improving on his performances year by year. 

In his debut in Formula 4, he finished 10th with 92 points in 2015. But the very next campaign, after switching to Prema, he improved his points tally to 322 points, which was enough for a second-place finish in the standings.

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In F3, he finished 10th with 94 points in 2017 but won the Championship with 365 points in 2018.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 01: Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher of Germany walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

In F2, the German finished 12th with 53 points in 2019. We all know what happened the next season; he stormed to the Championship in 2020.

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So, if the 21-year-old has an underwhelming debut campaign in F1, fans of his need not fear. He will surely improve in 2022.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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