Mick Schumacher admits his appreciation for Michael’s achievements is growing with each passing day as he embarks on his own racing career.
Michael Schumacher remains the most successful Formula 1 driver in history based on his number of wins — 91 — and seven drivers’ championships. With Mick now following in his father’s footsteps, making his F1 debut testing for Ferrari in Bahrain and racing in Formula 2, he says he has more and more respect now he also sees the achievements from a driver’s point of view.
“It’s never easy but what he’s done is extraordinary,” Schumacher said. “I appreciate it every day, more.”
“There’s obviously a lot of drivers that are in F1 because they’re one of the best drivers out there, so I can learn from everyone., he added. “There’s no one person I can talk to and try and be as him — but the one person I want to is my dad.
“But it’s always good to have a lot of sources, try to talk to them and try to talk to most of them and see how much you can use for yourself.”
Schumacher says he also looks at plenty of old videos of races — although rarely as far back as his father’s era — in order to try and learn about each venue he is competing at.
“I like to look at old racing videos. I take the videos from last year maybe, go through them, see what are the best opportunities for overtaking, strategies or whatever and then maybe see how I can use them for myself. F1, F2, even F3 I kind of see. Mainly F2 (for Barcelona), and if I get the opportunity I will watch some F1 races too.”
Currently sitting ninth in the F2 drivers’ championship after finishing in the top eight in three of the four rounds so far, Schumacher says he is not ruling out a title attempt this year despite a number of more experienced drivers currently leading the way.
“We’re very early in the season. We have very experienced drivers, but if you manage to be consistent and gather points, for sure there’s a possibility to be in the mix at the front. For now it’s all about trying to learn. If you’re able to learn and every time take that experience and try to improve, that’s also when the consistent points will come.”