“Mick is very similar”- Ferrari staff working with Haas spots Mick Schumacher akin with his father Michael Schumacher reveals Guenther Steiner.
Mick Schumacher has finally made it into Formula 1 and is set to extend his family name in the sport. While he prepares for his debut in Bahrain, minor comparisons with his father have already popped up.
Haas boss Guenther Steiner recently revealed that men from Ferrari working at Haas had told him that the 22-year-old race driver is extremely similar to his father.
“I’ve never worked with [Michael], and I didn’t know him that well, so I only know from the press and TV that he was a hard worker,” Steiner told Autosport.
“We have a few people from Ferrari with us who have already worked with Michael, and they tell me what was it like. They knew Michael very well.”
“They were very emotional when Mick came to us. They explain to me how Michael worked, and I think Mick is very similar. He works hard, and he wants to know everything, he wants to learn, he wants to get better – every day, every hour, every minute.”
Mick Schumacher will not have great results this year
The German race driver gained prominence after Formula 2 title victory. Still, Steiner reveals that the VF21 being provided to him 2021 is not up to the mark to grant him pace against his competitors as Haas sacrificed this year’s development to focus its 2022 car amidst new regulations.
“This year, Mick won’t have any great results because he doesn’t have the material for it,” Steiner said. “But the big result for Mick will be that he learns as much as he can and is ready when our car gets better when his future starts.”
“He’s not just here for two years, which is usually in Formula 2 or Formula 3. He’s here for a long career. The first year in Formula 1 is always difficult when you get there, to be there right away and to be competitive. The material plays a huge role here.”
“Knowing what kind of material [we have] this year – I don’t want to downplay it now – but we made a decision that we’re not going to develop this year to fully focus on next year.”
“That’s why we can’t expect Mick to be P1 or P2 after the first qualifying session.”