Mick Schumacher. 31 Formula 1 races, but no points scored so far. 35 opportunities counting also the sprint races, given that even if they cannot be considered real races, they still give drivers the chance to win some points. Last year the Sprint races awarded points only to the top three drivers, while from 2022 they award points to the top eight.
If in 2021, however, the young German had the mitigating circumstance of driving a car that did not allow him more than to fight for the last positions together with Williams, this year the situation is very different. The Haas VF-22 showed at times a level of performance which was able to aspire to a place in the top-10. The 15 points scored by Kevin Magnussen are proof of this.
Mick, however, unlike his teammate, whether for one reason or another, whenever he seemed very close to scoring his first point, ended up missing out on a top ten finish each time. According to former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, in addition to the surname he bears, this is also due to the excessive pressure that the team principal, Gunther Steiner, has put on him.
Excessive pressure from Haas team principal
This is something that would not have happened with his father beside him: “If only Michael could follow his son more closely, he would tell Gunther how to behave. This would be of great help to Mick, he doesn’t need people to remind him all the time what he’s supposed to do. He needs someone to help him and not criticize him too much”.
Furthermore, the young talent from the Ferrari Driver Academy doesn’t even find himself in a simple position: “If he does not achieve the targets and Haas is no longer willing to renew his contract, would there be another team willing to welcome him? Obviously this only adds to the pressure. I’m sure he has the skills to drive in F1. He wants it, so it’s just a matter of finding a team that believes in him and wants to help him prove that he’s as good as his father.” – former Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said in an interview with ‘RTL’.
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Bernie Ecclestone dreams of a future in a top team for Mick
“It is difficult to judge his results. We don’t know how good the car is. We don’t even know if the car fits his driving style. I’d like to see him on a more competitive car.”
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