Bringing MSC back to F1 ’emotional’ for Schumi

Tom Rawcliffe
Mick Schumacher Haas PA

Mick Schumacher Haas PA

Mick Schumacher revealed he is emotional to be able to continue his father’s legacy in Formula 1 by bringing back the ‘MSC’ abbreviation.

Joining up with Haas for the 2021 season, Mick is entering into his rookie year on the grid following his title success in Formula 2 in 2020.

Nobody needs reminding of the success his dad, Michael, found in F1, holding the record for joint-most Drivers’ Championships with seven, and his 91 grand prix victories were only surpassed by Lewis Hamilton last season.

So with the Schumacher name back in the sport, he has brought ‘MSC’ back to the timesheet, too, something which Mick has an emotional attachment to.

“I wanted that MSC,” said Schumacher, following an 88-lap Saturday afternoon testing session.

“Inside, it’s an emotional bond I have to it, and I think it’s quite nice for everybody watching the timing screens and seeing MSC back on them. It has a positive to it.”

At 21 years of age, Schumacher is one of the youngest on the grid and with Haas expected to again be competing towards the bottom of the standings, 2021 will be a learning curve for him.

One thing he is benefitting from, though, is the help of Sebastian Vettel, who had a strong relationship with Michael.

“It’s great to have Vettel around,” Mick added via Sky Italy. “He’s a four-time World Champion, he has been number one and he knows for sure what it takes to win in Formula 1, so for me it’s great to be able to talk to him.

“The best advice he gave me is to enjoy what I do. And it’s what I would like to do, being able to enjoy while working.”

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Day two of Bahrain testing went much better for Mick than Friday did, with the German restricted to just 15 laps due to a hydraulic issue.

His final runout in the VF-21 prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix at the end of the month comes in Sunday’s morning session, and he’s excited to get back out on track.

Schumacher said: “I have to say it feels even better driving this car than I expected. You drive a car but this is really fun, it’s something I won’t get bored of.

“I’m just looking forward to driving more and the race weekend [in Bahrain in a fortnight] can’t come quick enough, and I’m really looking forward to this season.

“As I said, I would love to drive every day. You could put another eight days [of testing] to it and just go straight into the race weekend.”

Additional reporting by Luca Brambilla

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