Being a Schumacher has its privileges. The 21-year-old son of Mr. Seven-Time Champ has been fast-tracked by means of the Ferrari Drivers Academy program, and after successful the Components 2 championship this yr, he’s been pushed into the care of Ferrari buyer group Haas to accomplice with Nikita Mazepin. Ferrari have appointed legendary race engineer Jock Clear to assist Mick Schumacher modify to his new life in Components One.
After proving himself in karting and German Components 4, and successful the European Components three championship in 2018 younger Mick actually turned heads. In 2019 Ferrari formally introduced a Schumacher again into the fold, putting him with the Premat group in Components 2. His first yr with the group was lackluster, however in 2020 he gained the F2 championship with Premat. Clearly he’s inherited a few of his father’s pace.
Ferrari boss — and underground skilled Egon Spengler lookalike — Mattia Binotto, confirmed on Tuesday that he views Haas signing Schumacher as a short lived stepping stone to a future with the Maranello group. It doesn’t appear probably that Ferrari would transfer its youthful ace Charles Leclerc out of the group in favor of Schumi Junior, which implies to me that Binotto views newly-signed Carlos Sainz as little greater than a seat hotter.
“Mick Schumacher shall be one of many drivers for Haas subsequent yr, which for us is a superb alternative, exhibiting the energy of collaboration we’ve received,” Binotto mentioned. “Mick is a part of our Ferrari Drivers Academy and the FDA program just isn’t there to develop drivers for F1, however it’s there to develop drivers that in the future might drive a Ferrari seat, a pink automotive.
“Whenever you transfer from F2 and bounce into F1, the very first yr can’t be a immediately right into a pink automotive as a result of that may be an excessive amount of accountability and never sufficient expertise. So realizing that we’ve received buyer groups or companions on which we might depend to proceed creating our drivers in F1 is a vital ingredient.”
“Jock is a superb particular person, an important skilled who has been in Ferrari for a few years, His function in 2020 was driver coach – an engineer who’s supporting the drivers in an effort to carry out when it comes to driving to their greatest; trying on the strains, take a look at the best way they’re braking, by means of the nook, accelerating, managing tires… to ensure that the motive force is creating properly.
It’s apparent that Schumacher has the expertise wanted to be in Components 1, in addition to the monetary and emotional help of Ferrari and others. Jock Clear, along with serving to Leclerc in 2021, shall be utilized by Ferrari to assist coach all of its FDA drivers, together with Schumacher. Curiously, Clear was working at Mercedes through the elder Schumacher’s tenure with the three-pointed star, and functioned as his race engineer in 2011 and 2012 earlier than operating Lewis Hamilton’s storage in 2013 and 2014.
It’ll nonetheless be fairly some time earlier than younger Mick proves whether or not he has what it takes to reside as much as his father’s spectacular document. Hell, he’d need to convey one thing actually spectacular if he needs to combat for titles, as a result of Scuderia Ferrari hasn’t gained a championship in 12 years.