In just over three weeks, Mick Schumacher, the son of the legendary Michael - the winner of 91 World Championship races and the owner of seven Formula One world titles - will have his debut in Formula 1. Mick returns the surname Schumacher to the biggest stage nine years after his father retired from driving.
Although the public expects great things from him, both because of his famous last name and because of his success in the lower categories, Schumacher emphasizes that he does not feel additional pressure. "I never said that my last name was putting pressure on me and I don't think I will ever say that.
I am very happy to bear that last name and to be returning it to Formula 1." "I am very proud of it and happy to have it. For me, it's a stimulus and it motivates me every day to do the most I can and to be the strongest I can, ”explains Mick.
In his debut F1 season, Mick will drive for Haas, an American team that unveiled the new visual identity of his car yesterday, and his teammate will be Russian Nikita Mazepin.
On adapting to the new environment and the tasks he had to master during the winter, Mick says: “There are definitely different factors, and for me, one of the biggest ones, which I have already done, is the desire to connect strongly with the team.
That's what I strive for and what I have, I'm happy about that. " “It’s one of the benefits, and it’s really important to be as mentally strong as possible in every situation. Then, basically, start the new season in a good way and I hope that we will be able to pass it on through everything I have learned in the past years and perform at the high level we need.
” Mick and Nikita will not have a chance to test their new car before coming to pre-season testing in Bahrain. The official presentation of the VF-21 car is scheduled just before going out on the track, and this year the tests last only three days, so they won't have much time to adjust.
“I’m very excited and I’m really looking forward to going out on the track and starting testing, and then to have my first F1 race. That sounds great and it feels great. I'm really looking forward to my first season, ”says Mick.