There are several surnames in Formula 1 that can give fans any kind of feel: one of these is certainly Schumacher. Michael and Ralf Schumacher both started their career in the supreme Formula back in the 90s, but the first one can be considered one of the greatest and moat successful drivers in Formula 1 history.
Seven championship titles, 2 with Benetton and 5 with Ferrari: the Kaiser has, in one way or another, a special place in every F1 fan’s heart, so it is no surprise that everyone is waiting for his son to be in F1.
Mick Schumacher, Michael’s older son, is currently racing in F3 with the Prema Team for the second year straight, and has just collected his first victory in Spa, a special track for his father: it is where Michael debuted and scored his first win in F1.
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke with the young German about this first achievement in F3, how his family’s legacy affects him and his ambition to reach Formula 1.
“I have only good memories of here.” Said Mick Schumacher. “My dad loved racing here and so I am.”
Mick had also the possibility, last year in Spa, to drive his father’s Benetton with which he won his first championship title back in 1994.
“It was stunning to have a lap here. To be honest, it wasn’t that much of a difference from F3,” said Mick, “but I hope in the future to be able to drive other cars.”
The young Schumacher is now focusing on his second F3 season with Prema Team, and after several podium finishes, the first win has come in Spa.
“The Championship is strong, we have good drivers who all come from karting, so I know them pretty well. For me, unfortunately, luck wasn’t on my side. We’re hoping the rest of the season gets better.”
His commitment in F3 represents just the first steps in a journey which will maybe lead Mick to follow his father footsteps: be in Formula 1 and the interest and the expectations around him are growing everyday more.
“I drove (my father) 94 car during an F1 weekend: I was focused on what I was doing on track, so I really didn’t notice much. For sure my goal was always F1.”
Who knows if we’ll see the surname Schumacher on a F1 single seater soon.
If you want to know more about Mick and his experience in F3 and his outing with the ’94 Benetton, watch the video below, in collaboration with Mobil 1 The Grid.