Mick Schumacher says watching the moment his father Michael won his first World Championship with Ferrari was a “goosebump moment”.
Michael Schumacher sits at the top of Formula 1, alongside Sir Lewis Hamilton, as the only two drivers to have won seven World Championships in their Formula 1 careers.
Schumacher’s first title arrived in 1994 with Benetton, but it was with Ferrari where the German really rose to the ranks of being a Formula 1 icon after collecting the drivers’ Championship for five consecutive seasons from 2000-04.
At Suzuka in 2000, Schumacher secured the first of those titles with Ferrari. When his son Mick looks back at the Formula 1 races of the past, he has a special connection to his father’s first title with the Scuderia which came just over 18 months after he was born.
“Looking back at all the races, my father’s first World Championship title with Ferrari is definitely a goosebump moment for me when I watch it,” he told Sky Sport.
Mick is preparing to make his Formula 1 debut with Haas and cannot wait to give Suzuka a go for himself.
“Suzuka is one of the tracks I don’t know yet but which I have already driven in the simulator and is a lot of fun,” he explained.
But the 21-year-old added that the track he is “very excited about” is Spa.
Michael Schumacher is the king of Spa-Francorchamps, winning the Belgian Grand Prix on six occasions. Spa was also the circuit where Michael debuted in Formula 1 back in 1991 with Jordan, and the scene of his first Formula 1 victory a year later.
So Mick is looking forward to continuing the Schumacher legacy at this iconic venue.
“I’m looking forward to the whole season. But Spa stands out,” he continued.
“It’s a nice story – it was 30 years ago when my father drove there for the first time in Formula 1.”
While Mick has taken that key step in making it onto the Formula 1 grid, he faces a tough rookie campaign with Haas who have now finished P9 in the constructors’ Championship for the past two seasons.
Any title ambitions will have to wait a while then. That being said, a driver needs ambition.
“Because I am now driving myself, I would say “I”, but of course that is quite ambitious (laughs),” he responded when asked who would be crowned World Champion in 2021.
“In the end, I focus on myself and try to do the best I can.”