“We’re Going to Have Some Argument” – What Michael Schumacher Thought of Max Verstappen Racing Mick in the Future

Published 12/03/2020, 2:21 AM EST
MANAMA, BAHRAIN: Motorsport / Formel 1: GP von Bahrain 2004, Manama; Michael SCHUMACHER (GER) / Ferrari gewinnt den Grand Prix (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


There was a time when Michael Schumacher and Jos Verstappen competed in Formula 1. Now nearly 16 years or so later, their children will be on the same F1 grid, battling each other!

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Following Haas’ announcement of Mick Schumacher being hired as one of their drivers for 2021, an old interview has surfaced. In it, one can see both ‘racing dads’ discussing their kids’ futures.
Schumacher and Verstappen seniors often shared a friendly relationship with each other, and it is very much visible in their interview.

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Michael Schumacher believed horse riding or golf would be better sporting choices for their kids

Speaking in the interview, Schumacher stated, “We have never had any sort of argument in our friendship. I think this could be the first we’re going to have some argument if our two would be racing each other!”
Verstappen added, “Very similar, very similar age so for sure they will compete to each other if they grow up and decide to go into go-karts.” Schumacher interrupted him there and said, “But I think horse riding or golf is a much better sport for our kids!”
Verstappen then continued and said, “For me if he really wants to…I mean, Formula 1 is very far away. And you never know what happens after 15 years.”
“But if I really will help them, whatever he wants to play. If he wants to play football, I do everything I can to get the best team or whatever, and it’s the same in go-kart or tennis.” concluded Verstappen senior.

Max Verstappen and Mick Schumacher will race each other in F1 2021

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Mick’s debut foray into Formula 1 with Haas will mean that both children will be on the F1 grid for the first time together. Max is doing incredibly well for himself, now the star driver at Red Bull Racing.
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with a trophy on the podium after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon
It has taken some time for Mick to gain the experience, but he has now been rewarded with an F1 seat of his own. The idea, of course, would be to become even better and hopefully, one day, drive a Ferrari – just like his father.

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For the time being, though, it will be interesting to see the camaraderie between the two drivers come next season. Regardless, both fathers will be incredibly proud of their sons’ accolades and accomplishments. How time flies, does it not?

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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