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Father Michael's footsteps fade: How 'big pilot' Mick Schumacher threatens his F1 dream |  Formula 1

Father Michael’s footsteps fade: How ‘big pilot’ Mick Schumacher threatens his F1 dream | Formula 1

His sympathetic aura and charisma were no longer untouched. After another accident in Monaco, Mick Schumacher (23) is gradually earning a reputation as a wrecking driver in Formula 1. How much credit does his last name still give him?

Since he managed to turn the wheel, the enthusiasm erupted. Since childhood, she has been the spotlight Mick Schumacher – Scion seven-time world champion.

Karten did Michael’s only son under a pseudonym. But once you get into a real car, high expectations can no longer be ignored. And with every chapter win – including overall wins in Formula 3 and F2 – the hopes of many fans have reached unprecedented heights.

After Michael, Mick Schumacher also wrote history in Formula 1. Preferably at Ferrari, the racetrack for which the father became the world champion 5 times in a row (2000-2004).

King of Crash

Meanwhile, Schumacher has been competing in the first class of motorsport for two years now.

Difficult balance after 28 races? Zero points in the World Cup.

In his first year, Schumi Junior could still use Haas’ substandard car excuse, but that defense is no longer in place.

His new teammate Kevin Magnussen outperformed his teammate – without any preparation, of course – across the board and amassed 15 points in seven races.

Schumacher has drawn particular attention with some stunning incidents. The German drove his car to a complete loss for the first time in Saudi Arabia. In Monaco, this was followed by another major accident that split Haas’s car in two.

Nicknames such as “Schumi III” or “Quick Make” have given way to the “King of Faults” in the German press. A nickname that Schumacher takes from his former teammate Nikita Mazepin with shyness on his cheeks.

While the much-discussed Russian was still a welcome distraction last season, Schumacher is now completely off the hook.

Sky-high crash costs

Comparisons with Father Michael have always been unfair, but the contrast is very stark.

Despite the allure of his last name, questions have already been raised about Mick’s future in Formula 1. Hardly anyone talks about wet dream Ferrari anymore.

Team boss Gunther Steiner at employer Haas has already made it clear that he is not pleased with the exorbitant costs of his group.

“It’s not good to have another big accident. We’ll have to see how we carry on from here,” were Steiner’s unimpressed words.

I don’t care about pressure and I don’t read newspapers. I’m sure of myself.

Mick Schumacher

Because of the tragic fate, the young driver could not undo the advice and work of his experienced father. Fortunately, there is Uncle Ralph, who works as an analyst regularly protecting the family’s honour.

“Statements like this are typical of Steiner,” this seems protective of the former Williams driver, among others. “They allow a lot of interpretation, which is not necessary. The team also made a lot of mistakes…Both parties have to get close to each other, I don’t see any problem for the rest.”

However, the current circumstances do not speak in favor of the 23-year-old Schumacher. The pressure to perform is increasing. Even with his pedigree, patience in the fiercely competitive world of Formula One is not without limits.

Schumacher recently responded to the criticism: “But I know that in the end the wheel will turn in the right direction.” “I don’t care about pressure and I don’t read newspapers. I am confident and still am, but I realize I will soon have to pick up points to silence the critics.”

Certainly, new mega-accidents must be avoided.

Schumacher also caused problems in the qualifying sessions for the race in Saudi Arabia.

Formula 1 World Cup 2022 standings
racer Sentences points
1. Max Verstappen (Dutch) Red Bull 125
2. Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 116
3 Sergio Perez (mix) Red Bull 110
4. George Russell (Great Britain) mercedes 84
5. Carlos Sainz Jr (spa) Ferrari 83
6. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) mercedes 50
7. Lando Norris (Great Britain) McLaren 48
8. Valtteri Bottas (Vin) Alfa Romeo 39
9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alps 32
10. Kevin Magnussen (Dean) rabbit 15th
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) McLaren 11
12. Yuki Tsunoda (Japanese) AlphaTauri 11
13. Fernando Alonso (spa) Alps 10
14. Pierre Gasly (fra) AlphaTauri 6
15th. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Aston Martin 5
16. Alexander Albon (tha) Williams 3
17. Lance Stroller (Can) Aston Martin 2
18. Zhou Guanyu (Che) Alfa Romeo 1
19. Mick Schumacher (Germany) rabbit 0
20. Nicholas Latifi (Cannes) Williams 0
21. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Aston Martin 0
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