Loads of sons of former F1 drivers have joined the pinnacle of motorsport over the years – two have even emulated their fathers to become world champions – but carrying the Schumacher name is surely an extra level of pressure for Mick, given what his father has achieved.
The 22-year-old German driver, member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, however, has arrived in F1 in 2021 with Haas after clinching the previous season’s F2 title in 2020, to add to the F3 championship he won in 2018 – so there was zero suggestion he had been elevated to the top level of motorsport because of his name.
It surely was his talent that brought him this far and he showed more of the same as he familiarised to F1 in a tough rookie season, consistently outperforming his teammate in their – rather – uncompetitive machinery.
Asked by GPFans, Schumacher said he aims to kick on in his second year with the chance of racing in the midfield, given that Haas' has switched its focus to 2022 development before the previous year had even begun.
Moreover, he said that the acclaim from fans and pundits gave him confidence at the beginning of his career: "It was definitely a boost.
"I can only say thank you for the people that say those things because it means a lot. It means also that they notice what I'm doing.
"Obviously, I'm not doing it for anybody but myself. I'm racing because I love racing. I love being here and I love working with great people and great minds as well. It's such an invention.
"So, so many things get invented in here. Like, there's a lot of build-up with new creations or new minds to how you approach, let's say, the T-tray or gearboxes or whatever.
"Just so much stuff happening and that's something which I'm really interested in. To sum it up, I love this sport."
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In the same interview, Mick revealed that although he’s very happy to be in Formula One and to have the chance of running for Haas, he would love to drive for Ferrari at some point in his career.
“Obviously, I think, for every driver, it’s at some point the dream to drive a Ferrari. It’s such a prestigious place, and it’s such a prestigious team.”
However, his father’s (Michael Schumacher) history is what entices him more:
“But the history with my father obviously combines me a lot to it. If that’s the place where I end up, again, I don’t know. It’s really far for me to think about that as my focus is [very] much on 2022,” Mick Schumacher said.