Felipe Massa drove alongside Michael Schumacher at Scuderia Ferrari in 2006, the last year of Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 career with the Maranello team. A season that shaped the Brazilian.
Michael Schumacher was a kind of teacher for Massa, the Brazilian emphasizes again and again. The connection continues to this day, because Felipe Massa is one of those who regularly visit Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident in 2013. Michael’s son Mick now drives in Formula 1 and is completing his rookie season. Even if he could – Felipe Massa doesn’t want to compare father and son with one another. It is difficult and actually one should not do that, he said as reported by speedweek.com: “Formula 1 was completely different back then. Michael was on a much better team” – said the Brazilian.
Mick does a good job, says Felipe Massa, “even if he’s in the wrong car. The Haas is the worst car in Formula 1 and also he doesn not have the best team-mate. If he could race alongside someone who had more experience, he would be able to measure himself much better. We’ll have to wait until he has a better car and a better teammate.” – the former Ferrari driver explained.
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That is the hope of Haas and Mick Schumacher: to be able to have a much better car in the 2022 Formula One season with the new regulations. At the same time, the pressure of expecting big things from Mick is increasing, both at Haas and from outside.
In general, Felipe Massa believes “The name Schumacher is a burden for Mick. It helps him get sponsors and get a lot of support from fans. But people expect things he can never do. The pressure is extremely high” – former Scuderia Ferrari driver Felipe Massa concluded.
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