With a father heralded as one of the top ten greatest Formula One drivers of all time, Mick Schumacher does not have an easy act to follow. His heritage combined with the perplexing similarity in his full name has set him up for a lot of high expectations in the racing world. The good news, however, is that he appears to be tackling these challenges head on, and is tipped to fully follow in his father’s footsteps.
“One of the greats”
When your father is a seven-time F1 champion, you’re going to be under a lot of pressure when you put yourself behind the wheel. However, Schumacher, who started his motorsport career 10 years ago in 2008, recently claimed the European Formula 3 title, even allowing himself a race to spare on the Saturday. Mercedes F1 boss, Toto Wolff, has boldly claimed that his performance so far is indicating he does indeed have what it takes to become “one of the greats.”
When Schumacher started his career, he raced under the alias of his mother’s maiden name ‘Mick Betsch’, in order to avoid the pressure and attention that would accompany the Schumacher name. This wise move, however, was short lived, as according to Wolff, there was still a lot of attention on the young man right from the start of his racing career.
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By claiming his recent trophy, Mick has earned a FIA F1 Super License to compete in next year’s F1 competition, but it is far more likely he’ll take the next step into Formula Two. Indeed, the youngster hasn’t yet been snapped up by a team, but what with his display of impressive talent so far, and not to mention the family name, there’s no doubt he’ll be receiving some offers in no time.
It’s highly likely that an F1 drive is on the cards for the future. His exploits in the Mercedes Prema squad have earned him praise, and we have no doubt in our minds that we’ll see this rising star on our tracks very soon.