After his father, seven-time world champion Michael, and six-time Formula 1 winner Uncle Ralf, Mick will be the third Schumacher to compete in the Canadian Grand Prix.
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Some might believe, recklessly, that the 23-year-old German came to Formula 1 thanks to his famous last name.
If this certainly helped to arouse the media’s interest in his respect from a young age, the driver did deserve his place in F1. In fact, he was crowned European F3 champion in 2018, then F2 in 2020. With his two titles, he joined the Ferrari Academy and settled in Haas in 2021.
Of course, you shouldn’t expect Mick to win at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, as his father and uncle did before him. Of course, the Haas VF-22 has shown that it has the pace to play for race-to-race points, but the Ferraris, Red Bulls and Mercedes of this world are almost in another class.
A more experienced teammate
The opportunity will be great, however, to shine for the young man who suffers a lot compared to his teammate Kevin Magnussen, much more experienced than him.
After the Azerbaijani GP, Magnussen effectively led 15-0 on points.
Mick was also one of only two full-time drivers on the grid, along with Canadian Nicholas Latifi
(Williams), whose counter was still at zero after seven runs.
Only in his second Grand Prix of his career did his famous father get his first F1 points with a fifth place finish at the legendary Monza circuit in Italy in 1991.
And it was in his 18th participation, in the Belgian GP in 1992, when he achieved the first of his 91 victories.
So Mick’s results are disappointing this season and his strong propensity to destroy his car doesn’t militate in his favor.
A budget cap has come into effect this year and his two major accidents, including the one that split his car in half in Monaco, are certainly not helping to boost his confidence or alleviate his worries. heads. These two diversions cost his American businessman a lot.
The German media was also very hard on him after the Monegasque scale.
The magazine AutoBild he had been remarkably sharp in claiming that his accidents endangered his future in F1.
His uncle Ralf had also been tough, throwing himself into his column on the net
Sky Sport which was a mistake “you can’t afford” and which had “budgetary consequences for the team”.
Haas director Günther Steiner himself had hinted that things needed to change.
“With Mick, we obviously saw what happened. It’s not very satisfying to have a big accident again. We have to see how we move forward from now on,” he said during his press conference in Monaco.
Vettel in his defense
However, it is too early to leave the game, according to many.
Acting as the mentor to the son of his childhood idol, Sebastian Vettel defended Mick after the Monaco GP.
The four-time world champion also believes that the media should leave him … alone.
“I have no doubt he can do better than what he’s currently showing,” Lance Stroll’s teammate said.
Either way, Schumacher’s name has a special meaning for Quebec and Canadian racing fans, and there’s no doubt that Mick’s presence will impress in Montreal.
A historic double in Montreal
The double of brothers Ralf and Michael Schumacher in 2001 is without a doubt one of the moments that marked the Canadian Grand Prix.
Starting from the second position on the starting grid, Ralf spent much of the race behind Michael (Ferrari). After several unsuccessful attempts at overtaking, he took the lead during the final round of pit stops.
At the time, he never cared and scored the second of six wins in his career. It was also the first time in the history of Formula 1 that two brothers climbed the first two steps of the podium.
They have accomplished the feat a total of five times. The Germans did it again in Canada two years later, this time with Michael at the helm. The French GP in 2001, the Brazilian GP in 2002 and Japan in 2004 are the other events.