‘Arrogant’ to say anyone can win in a Mercedes

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton and Mick Schumacher fist bump. Bahrain March 2021

HAMILTON Lewis gbr, Mercedes AMG F1 GP W12 E Performance being congratulated by SCHUMACHER Mick ger, Haas F1 Team VF-21 Ferrari. Bahrain March 2021

Mick Schumacher feels it is “arrogant” to say Mercedes drivers only win because of the car they are racing or that anyone can win in a Mercedes.

Up until Max Verstappen’s championship success last season, and one that was only decided on the final lap of the campaign, Mercedes had been the pick of the field, dominating for sport for seven years.

Back in 2014, Formula 1 introduced 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engines with Mercedes getting the better of their rivals when it came to their power unit.

That, combined with their chassis, looked to be unstoppable with Mercedes romping to seven successive championship doubles, a run that Verstappen ended last year when he beat Lewis Hamilton to the Drivers’ title.

Such has been the performance of the Mercedes F1 cars that the rhetoric of ‘it is the car not the driver’ became the norm along with ‘anyone can win in a Mercedes’.

Schumacher says that’s not fair on the Mercedes drivers as only three – Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Nico Rosberg – can honestly say what goes into winning in a Mercedes.

Mick Schumacher's Haas just ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes at the Russian Grand Prix. Sochi September 2021.

“Everyone deserves their place in Formula 1 and anyone can drive here,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“But you can only say you can win a race with Mercedes if you sit in it.

“Conversely, it’s an arrogant consideration.”

Schumacher will remain a Haas driver for the 2022 season, the German confirmed as Nikita Mazepin’s team-mate for a second season.

Last year the two team-mates spent much of the championship running at the very back of the field, Haas admitting their focus was on the drivers and not the car.

Schumacher did have the opportunity to tussle with a few other drivers, most notably his brief battle with Verstappen at the Hungarian Grand Prix as the Red Bull driver fought his way through the field after a lap 1 incident.

His main rivals though were his own team-mate and the two Williams drivers, with Schumacher hoping for more wheel-to-wheel action this season.

“We weren’t as far off as Williams was in 2019, so actually we had some battles on the track,” he said. “But of course I’d like to have some.

“More I really hope to be able to grow next year. My focus is on that.

 

“Everything that comes next, at the moment is too far away. The main goal is to do well in 2022 then, in case I actually succeed, yes will see.”

 

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'Arrogant' to say anyone can win in a Mercedes

Mick Schumacher believes it is arrogant to say that anyone can win in a Mercedes.