Mick Schumacher is wearing a special helmet to mirror his dad’s first in F1 at Spa. And he likes it so much, he may even wear it for the rest of 2021.
Illustrious father Michael wore a similar design as he made his Formula 1 debut with Jordan at the famous Belgian circuit in 1991, and Haas driver Mick is following in his footsteps by wearing the same colours to mark 30 years since the Schumacher name burst onto the scene in the top tier of motorsport.
Michael famously only raced once with Jordan before making the move to Benetton, and Mick recently made the most of a “very special” opportunity to drive his father’s Jordan 191 in filming a feature for Sky Sports.
Schumacher Junior will continue to wear the special design for each of the remaining Belgian Grand Prix sessions, but he’s not ruled out keeping it beyond this weekend.
“It’s beautiful. I’m very much considering keeping it for the rest of the season, so we’ll see what I can do with it and maybe keep it,” he told Formula1.com after practice.
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As expected, Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin brought up the rear during free practice on Friday in their back-marking car, and the young German has made no secret of his desire to see rain at Spa this weekend, to give himself a chance to catch the pack in front.
“It was definitely good to be back on track after the summer break, and coming back to a track like here. It’s definitely special,” he said.
“I was hoping for it to stay wet, but unfortunately every time, it dried up just as we were going out.
“Nonetheless, I think that we learned a lot and we have a few ideas of what we want to try for [qualifying], and we’ll see how it goes.”
“[Rain] can only make it easier for us, I guess, and then we are coming into play. It makes people at the front a bit more cautious and it gives us opportunities, hopefully.”