Mick Schumacher proud of comparisons to his father

Jamie Woodhouse
Mick Schumacher, Haas, in the paddock. Qatar, November 2021.

While Mick Schumacher wants to follow his own path, he does look for comparisons to his father Michael and is proud to hear of similarities.

As the son of seven-time former World Champion Michael Schumacher, Mick was probably the most followed junior racer of all time, arriving in Formula 1 very much under the microscope.

Naturally, people were always going to look for ways in how Mick and Michael Schumacher compared, and although Mick has stated before he wants to carve his own legacy in Formula 1, he happily entertains comparisons to his dad.

Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Mick said: “Generally, I don’t like to compare myself with others. I’d rather try to go my own way.

“But I do look for comparisons with my dad. I am told we are very similar.

“I have the highest respect for what he achieved. He had to work hard for his wins and titles. Nothing was given to him. That impresses me.

“The power and energy he showed, the concentration, always being 100% on the job, I believe I have something of that too.

“I can be very precise when I describe the car’s handling to the engineers. That has been the case from the very beginning. Even observations that seem unimportant at first can be of enormous importance to the team, and that can completely change the course of the season.”

On September 15 2021, Netflix released the ‘Schumacher’ documentary, which took an in-depth look into Michael’s career.

And while a very emotional watch, Mick was pleased to see how the documentary captured the human side of his dad, not only the sporting aspect of his life.

 

“The Netflix documentary was meant to show the human side of my dad in addition to his successes. I think it’s very, very good,” said Mick.

“But at the same time, it’s extremely difficult for me to watch it. That shows how much feeling is in it, how many emotions it triggers.”

Mick Schumacher and Max Verstappen battle. Hungary, August 2021.

Mick’s first season in Formula 1 was a difficult one to judge, for the Haas VF-21 he drove was not developed at all during the season and often lagged at the back.

But when there was some performance to extract Schumacher generally excelled, his stand-out performance coming in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix where he reached Q2 and secured P14 on the grid.

His race performances were also generally strong, troubling the lower midfield runners on multiple outings.

2022 will be a huge season for Schumacher and Haas as the American outfit look to return to the points under the incoming new regulations, having finished 2021 on zero.

Of course, Schumacher would love to be fighting for the World Championship but realistically knows consistent points is what he and Haas should target for 2022.

Asked what he would ask for if he had one wish available regarding his career, Schumacher replied: “That I could race for the championship next year.

“That’s unrealistic, yes, but if I didn’t want that I would be the wrong driver for Formula 1.

“Hopefully consistently in the points, that will be our goal at Haas for 2022. We’ll see at the first race whether we can achieve that.”

 

With his rookie season now complete, Schumacher said it was important to have a way of being able to switch off from Formula 1 when needed as full F1 focus across a year which involved 22 race weekends would have tired him out mentally.

To the question of whether he needs someone looking over his shoulder, Schumacher replied: “Not necessarily. Rather someone who can take me away from the track mentally, play chess, go training with me so I can do something without having to think about what happened on the race track.

“It’s relaxing to be somewhere else with your mind and just switch off. Without a break, a season with 22 races would lead to mental fatigue.

“It’s very important to know exactly where extreme concentration is needed and where you should let go sometimes.”

 

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