Mick Schumacher has said he wants to become “the perfect racing driver” as he prepares for his likely elevation to Formula 1 next year.
The son of Michael Schumacher, the seven-time former World Champion, Mick is expected to be confirmed within the next few weeks in one of the two available seats with the Haas team for 2021.
Despite his famous name, the 21-year-old continues to show he has the talent to back up his illustrious pedigree, having won the Formula 3 European Championship in 2018 and put himself on course to capture this season’s F2 crown.
The Prema Racing driver holds a 22-point lead in the standings with four races of the series, all in Bahrain, remaining.
Given his status as a legend of the sport who broke all the most coveted records in the book, Michael Schumacher could justifiably be described as the ‘complete driver’.
And that is a label his son wants for himself, being determined to carve out the best possible career purely on his own merits.
He feels a disappointing 2019 when he finished only 12th in Formula 2, also for Prema, has taught him that being patient and thorough is the right approach.
“Everything is a learning curve,” said Schumacher in an interview with the Formula 1 website.
“If you take the time to go into detail, if you take the time to learn things right, in the long term it will work out better than if you try to rush things.
“In the long term, what I want to do is to create the perfect racing driver and become the complete racing driver. That’s why last year was so important, trying to understand every single bit of detail before thinking of the results.
“I don’t want to talk about luck but in some ways, last year was a very unlucky season – we had a few reliability issues and some contact, which was unfortunate. But I think we always showed good pace, which is what mattered to us.
“Ultimately, I want to go to F1 being as best prepared as I can be and to do so, I have to also go through tough times because during those, you learn the most.”
If and when Schumacher’s place with Haas is confirmed, he will focus upon it then – for the time being, he is concentrating on clinching the F2 crown.
“The ultimate goal is F1 and I guess that is the same for everyone who is in F2, but there are very limited seats in F1,” he added.
“Who gets them in the end is something only the bosses know. We don’t really speak about it and we don’t really get information about it.
“For me, it’s important to talk about Formula 2, to focus on that 100% and to do my job right there. If I do that, the attention is brought on to me – and the guys up there do notice what is happening.”