Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher did not manage to score points in his first Formula 1 season with tail-enders Haas but the son of seven-times world champion Michael has high hopes for next championship.
The 22-year-old arrived on the grid as Formula Two champion and with plenty of hype. Unfortunately for the Ferrari junior, Haas has been by far the slowest car in the 2021 season, and the team confirmed from the start of the year that they would not bring any updates. Despite that, Mick Schumacher quietly got on with the job of learning the ropes and without feeling any pressure of expectation.
“I’m confident to say that I feel very comfortable in my skin and in my position,” the German told a round table of select media before the season ended in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina circuit – “I feel like we’ve extracted the maximum out of the car. I feel that we have been with each event improving.” – he added.
Mick Schumacher’s best moments of the 2021 F1 championship include being able to make it past the first knockout phase of qualifying in changeable conditions at the Istanbul track and a wheel-to-wheel battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, now champion, at the Hungaroring circuit: “I’m doing whatever I can and do it my best way I can. Yes, I came in with my surname but at the end also I had results behind me. I was able to prove my way into Formula One. If I add a legacy or not, that’s up to my own career, up to myself at the end.” – he said.
The Ferrari junior has acquitted himself well against Russian rookie team mate Nikita Mazepin and the Maranello team will be hoping for a further step up in his second season. Haas use Ferrari engines, gearboxes and components and Mick Schumacher’s placement has always been with the eventual aim of one day driving for the Italian team even if that remains a distant prospect.
“Obviously the history with my father binds me a lot to it,” said Mick Schumacher, regarding a possible move to Ferrari in the future – “If that’s the place where I end up then I don’t know. That’s a question which is far in the future right now. My hope is very, very high for next year and the expectations are also quite high. At the end we’ll only find out once we have done it in the first race.” – Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher concluded.