Binotto: Mick Schumacher has Michael’s traits

Date published: April 20 2019

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Mattia Binotto believes the way Mick Schumacher has worked with the Ferrari team is eerily similar to how his father did.

Schumacher made his debut for the Scuderia on day one of the Bahrain in-season test, starting a new chapter in the Ferrari-Schumacher legacy, before testing the Alfa Romeo on day two.

Ferrari and Schumacher secured five-straight World Titles in the early 2000’s, and despite not seeing it at first, team principal Mattia Binotto has been surprised at how many of Michael’s traits live on in his son Mick.

Speaking to Crash.Net, Binotto said: “The very first time I saw him after many years in Maranello, when he came back, if you looked at him, I don’t think he looks very similar to Michael.

“But the way he’s behaving is very similar and the way he approaches the exercise and the way he’s interested in the car, discussing it with the technicians.

“So even in Maranello, you are looking after him, but he’s always in the workshop looking at the car, speaking with the mechanics, and I think that’s very similar to his father.”

Heavy rain plagued the test in Bahrain, meaning Binotto wasn’t prepared to analyse Mick’s performance.

“To assess the performance, I think it is very difficult because first, the weather conditions were very bad on that day and because at the end I think that the objective was not really to assess the performance,” he said.

“It was his very first day in an Formula 1 car. It was more important for him still in the learning phase, day-by-day, is facing a completely new challenge in his F2 season.”

Binotto was impressed however, with how Mick worked through his programme, getting up to speed and gathering the correct data rather than pushing at the limit instantly.

“I think what was certainly positive was the way he approached the exercise,” he explained.

“The approach to the day of testing, never pushing to the limit, trying to improve run-by-run, learning the car, learning the team, and I think in that respect he did a very good job.

“He was very well focussed, concentrated and tried to do the proper job and learn. I think that’s the most you may expect on such a day.”

Schumacher will look to build on his debut F2 performance, where he finished P6 in the feature race and P8 in the sprint race at the Bahrain International Circuit, as the series moves into round two in Baku.

The youngster could return to the Ferrari seat next month during the second and last in-season test after the Spanish Grand Prix.
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