Verstappen: Mick Schumacher Has ‘a Lot to Learn’ in F1

Published 03/27/2021, 6:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Max Verstappen thinks Mick Schumacher did a superb job in F2, which resulted in him winning the championship. However, the Red Bull prodigy also believes that Schumacher Jr. has a lot to learn ahead of his debut season.

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The German will begin his F1 career with the Haas team in the 2021 season. He will pair alongside his former F2 rival, Nikita Mazepin, for his debut season on the grid. After a disappointing season last year, the team hopes that these two rookie drivers will help them get ahead in the grid in the upcoming season.

Haas only scored three points last season, which saw them finish 9th in the constructor’s standings. But with two new rookie drivers behind the wheel, they remain optimistic they will have a good season ahead.

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SHANGHAI, CHINA: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Mick Schumacher can afford to make mistakes, says Red Bull’s Verstappen

In an interview with F1Insider.com, the Dutchman said, “For Mick, of course, it’s great to be racing in Formula 1 now. He did a great job in Formula 2 and deserves to move up. But it’s also clear that he still has a lot to learn. His Haas team is perfect for him.”

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

Verstappen added, “Because you can’t expect him to win there. He can make mistakes there without too much pressure and then learn from them. I’m sure he’ll do a good job. He’s always been very good, especially in terms of consistency. Of course, as everywhere else, the yardstick will be his teammate. He has to beat him.”

Schumacher happy with the Haas car

Schumacher is happy with how the Haas car, the VF-21, felt as he zipped around the circuit in free practice sessions in Bahrain. He said, “I feel really comfortable in the car, which is obviously a really good sign, it shows we have done enough work to prepare myself to get in the car and just be comfortable.”

The 22-year-old added, “I know there is a lot to improve from my side still, obviously as a driver I have the main tools to improve my lap times so I’m working very hard myself to keep on improving, keep on learning.”

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The fans are excited to see the Schumacher name back on the grid once again. Mick is excited about his first race and hopes to replicate what his dad achieved in the sport years ago. What are your expectations from the rookie driver ahead of the opening race? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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