Why Does Mick Schumacher Race With Number 47? The Link to Michael Schumacher Explained

Published 03/25/2021, 2:13 PM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 02: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Scuderia Ferrari SF90 walks out of the garage during F1 testing in Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Mick Schumacher, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, is making his F1 debut in the upcoming season with the Haas team. All drivers have a number that they compete with, and Mick is set to compete with the #47 on his car. Recently, he revealed why he chose that specific number.

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The F2 world champion will partner alongside Nikita Mazepin, a fellow F2 graduate, for the upcoming championship. As is expected, Mick is under immense pressure this year, as he is bringing a legendary name back to the grid.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, walks in the Paddock before the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Mick Schumacher reveals the meaning behind the number

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The Ferrari driver academy was happy to share the meaning behind his race number that he will take for the upcoming season.

He said, “For the first time I had 47 on the Ferrari of 2018 at the F1 test in Fiorano before my first FP1. Right after that fans speculated in the comments in social media why this number was chosen.”

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

Schumacher Jr added.“I found their explanation really good and happy to take it over. They said to read it like For ( Instead of Four) 7, and the 7 stands for Michael so the 47 would mean For Michael.”

This isn’t the only way Mick is honoring his father with his debut in the sport. He has also chosen to use ‘MCS’ to represent himself on the timing screens, which is the same abbreviation his father used.

Moreover, he is making his F1 debut exactly three decades after Schumi Sr did, which, in Mick’s own words, makes his debut “even more emotional.”

Vettel defends the young German ahead of his first season

Even though many people have disagreed with Mick’s promotion to F1 saying that he didn’t deserve it, several others have come out in support of the German, arguing that he has performed exceptionally in the junior leagues, so to speak.

Four-time world champion and fellow German driver Sebastian Vettel is one of them. He believes that that Schumacher got into F1 based on merit, and has worked hard and fully deserves his seat in the F1 grid.

Vettel also doesn’t expect too much from Mick in the first season and trusts him to do his thing.

NUERBURG, GERMANY: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Mick Schumacher of Germany and Alfa Romeo Racing talk in the Pitlane during a weather delayed FP2 during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Vettel told RTL as quoted by PlanetF1, he said. “Mick is a great kid, a very quick learner, very mature for his age and I think he will do a very good job.

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“He didn’t somehow sneak his way in, he fought hard for it and deserves his place. For his first year, you shouldn’t expect too much but just let him do his thing. You can really trust him in that.”

The fans are excited to see Mick make his debut in F1 in the 2021 season as he brings a heavy name back to the gird.

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What are your expectations from the German driver ahead of his debut? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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