Mick Schumacher will race for Haas next season in F1 but David Coulthard thinks Ferrari will have a plan for the youngster and thinks he could replace Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz in the future. Mick won the F1 championship in 2020 and has been given a Haas drive alongside Nikita Mazepin.
David Coulthard thinks the 21-year-old will dominate his team-mate and prove to Ferrari he has huge potential in the sport.
Schumacher has a lot to live up to with his father a seven-time F1 world champion. Coulthard thinks Mick is a talent and although his name does help he has the tools to be a real success in the sport. He exclusively told Express Sport: “I’ve seen him progress from lower formulas. He is a focused, fit and hungry racing driver.
“He has his own personality but he has put himself at the front of championships with all of the support and opportunity that has been put in front of him. You know the classic thing about a horse to water, you can give someone a great car or a great team but if they don’t have the skill they won’t do anything with it. Haas will be a safe place for him to learn. I don’t think he will struggle in beating Mazepin, if he does then he has a problem. If he doesn’t then that’s exactly what I expect. In doing so in a couple of years he could earn the opportunity to be with either Ferrari or another team. It all depends on Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.” – the former Formula 1 driver explained.
Mick Schumacher’s first race will be the Australian Grand Prix when the 2021 season gets underway on Sunday, March 21. Before that he will step in the Haas car for pre-season testing at the beginning of the same month.
Meanwhile, Schumacher has defended Lewis Hamilton as well as his father and says their hard work should be recognised rather than the cars they have driven.
“When we look at a champion dominating an entire era there is a risk of overlooking something important. The enormous amount of work it requires, how relevant are the resources, energy and talent applied by that champion who then wins,” he told Corriere Della Sera Sport.
“This is as true for Hamilton as it is for my father. There is nothing random about a great success. It’s an iceberg, and we often only see the tip of that iceberg emerging from the water.”