2. December 2020

  • Lawrence Edmondson

Shut up. F1 Editor

    • – Member of ESPN since 2009.
    • – Formula 1 journalist accredited by the FIA since 2011
  • Nate Sanders

Shut up. F1 Associate Editor

    • – Before that he worked for a rugby federation and for British Superbikes.
    • – Graduated from the University of Reading in History.
    • – Member of ESPNF1 since February 2014.

From next year the name Schumacher will return to Formula 1. Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, will be racing with Nikita Mazepin in a brand new group for Haas instead of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Groshjan.

Schumacher’s appearance in Formula 1 was expected in a few years, when he got up in the junior categories and won races.

The name of the German means that he was always in the spotlight when he stood next to the cabin of the racing car. So much so that when he started karting, he hunted under the name Mick Betsch and preferred his mother’s maiden name to Schumacher, which is synonymous with his father Michael’s Seven World Championships.

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Miku was only 14 years old when his father suffered a severe head injury while skiing together in December 2013. Although Michael’s health is still a well-kept secret – some have taken evasive measures to violate the Schumacher family’s privacy – it is believed that he still needs care and has not been seen in public since.

Against this tragic backdrop, Mick began his journey in the right way by conducting a series of tests with a Formula 4 car in 2014, before moving to the ADAC Formula 4 category the following year. At that time he was already driving under the name Schumacher, and in his final year of karting he already had Mika Jr.

In 2016 he won five races in the ADAC Championship and the Italian F4, which led him to the prestigious European Formula 3 series. After a quiet first season, Schumacher won eight races in 2018 and beat Red Bull Junior Dan Tictum in the championship with the Prema team with which he is currently racing in Formula 2.

A radical change of uniform in the mid-season 2018 F3 led Schumacher to win several races, raising eyebrows and forcing Tiktum to accuse Prem of cheating, claiming that Schumacher had an unfair advantage because of his name. In the end, the accusations were more damaging to Tiktum than to Schumacher, and 19-year-old Mick now had a prestigious title against his famous name.

His height was closely followed by Mercedes, who supported Michael and Mick in college, and by Ferrari. Junior Schumacher, who turned 21 in March and bears a striking resemblance to Michael, was enrolled in his riding school at the beginning of 2019. For a generation of Formula 1 fans who grew up with the sport in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Schumacher was a Ferrari and vice versa, which made him seem like a natural talent.

With his new support, Schumacher began his first season in Formula 2, a series of feeder races that follow Formula 1 with a series of circuits on the calendar. He couldn’t immediately impress the most experienced riders on the circuit, but he took his first victory in a sprint race at the Hungarian circuit, where his father won four Hungarian Grand Prixs. Schumacher finished 12th. 2019 F2 season in the general classification, but his presence alone was enough to make the headlines.

These titles are no more than in April 2019 when he made his Formula 1 debut. You guessed it… Ferrari. The trial took place in early April in Bahrain, and it was unusual for a desert road not to get rain. However, Schumacher finished 56 laps with a best time of 1:29.976, which was the second fastest after Max Verstappen. It was a touching day when Schumacher’s mother looked at him from the pit wall and several Ferrari mechanics working on his father’s car, still in the garage, were working on Mick’s car.

Just like in Formula 3, Schumacher came to life in the second half of his second season in Formula 2 this year. The combination of consistency and a quick start, starting with the Belgian Grand Prix, allowed him to regain many points lost by bad luck in the first half of the season and until the series left Mugello to take the lead of the Championship with Ferrari Callum Ylotte, a member of the Drivers’ Academy.

The last two races of the season take place this weekend, according to an external schedule, and Bahrain enters the final phase with a 14-point lead in the championship with 48 points remaining. He may still lose the Ilotta title, but Wednesday’s announcement means it will have nothing to do with his future.

Schumacher’s name has returned to Formula 1, and because of his previous achievements in his career, he is here to stay.

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