Due to racing being the family business, Mick Schumacher asserted that he is in Formula 1 because he loves the sport, not because his father is the legendary Michael Schumacher.
After winning the F2 and F3 championships, Schumacher made his F1 debut in 2021 with Haas. He is currently in his second season with the American team in the top division and is still a student at the Ferrari Driver Academy, but there is ongoing discussion about the young driver’s ability to drive in Formula One and whether or not he is only receiving support because of his ancestors.
Being better than his teammate Nikita Mazepin in his rookie year with Haas does not in any way indicate that the young Schumacher is the real deal, as the now-fired Russian driver was never a good comparison for the German.
As F1 wanted to distance itself from Russia due to its conflict with Ukraine in 2022, Kevin Magnussen was chosen to take Mazepin’s seat at Haas. The Dane promptly defeated Schumacher despite taking a year out from racing.
A ray of hope has recently appeared for Schumacher after he scored his first F1 points at the 2022 British Grand Prix and followed that up with another points-scoring weekend in Austria, where he displayed exceptional skill in his battle with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during the Sprint Race and the Grand Prix.
We couldn’t get enough of the Schumacher ⚔️ Hamilton battle on Saturday! Austrian Grand Prix photo.twitter.com/QWw4kMyiqo #HaasF1
— Haas F1 Team on July 12, 2022 (@HaasF1Team).
I don’t have to if I don’t want to.
When asked about the strain of being his father’s son in an interview with Channel 4, Schumacher insisted that he was in Formula One because he enjoyed it and because that was what he wanted to do.
The simplest way to respond to that, in my opinion, is to explain why I’m there. According to Schumacher, I’m there because I love the sport.
“I love racing, and I love winning in the end,” he continued. “For me, there was never any question that I wanted to compete in Formula 1, regardless of who my father was, but he also means a lot to me.
The Haas driver said, “He’s my dad, I had a terrific upbringing, and I’m able to gauge where I need to put pressure on myself and where not.”
If I don’t want to do this, I don’t have to, but I still want to do it and still want to establish a name for myself as well as race well in Formula 1, “the 23-year-old underlined. “I think it’s one of the things where I don’t need to put pressure on myself and that has been very evident from day one.