Mick Schumacher responds to ‘Ferrari interest’ amidst the Ticktum controversy.
Mick Schumacher suddenly finds himself in the midst of a lot of news after his rise to the top of the driver’s standings in F3.
The young driver did not quite have the perfect start to the season, but a brilliant last few weeks has put him at the top of the driver’s standings, holding a 49 point advantage to his nearest rival Dan Ticktum.
Dan Ticktum launced a tirade against the sudden surge of Schumacher and Prema Powerteam, terming the rise as ‘interesting’. He also felt that he could be robbed off the F3 title, through no mistake of his own, while also releasing a rather bitter statement about the world not being on his side as his last name is not ‘Schumacher’.
Crikey. Includes Ticktum saying “just read the post moron and piddle off” 😬 https://t.co/27owhdEtc5
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) September 24, 2018
— #MsportXtra (@MsportExtra) September 24, 2018
Mick deserves a break, lost his father at a young age, unreal levels of expectation and pressure to live up to, probably more than any young racing driver ever, and has not cracked under the pressure, unlike mentally weak Ticktum
— Chris Thompson (@F1CWT) September 25, 2018
“It seems to have come from nowhere. Unfortunately I am fighting a losing battle as my last name is not Schumacher.” he said.
Now, Mick Schumacher has responded to Ticktum’s brash comments with utmost composure, emphasising on the fact that he won’t get sucked into a comment war at this stage of the season.
“I do not listen to something like that,” Schumacher said.
“The car is terrific to drive.
“We’ve evolved as a team, while others may have stopped at one point.
Mick Schumacher has responded to those mysterious comments from Ticktum
“I don’t listen to something like that. The car is amazing to drive. We have evolved as a team, while others may have stopped at one point.”#Autobild
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) September 24, 2018
“I wish him [Ticktum] good luck that he stays in the title fight – but I focus on myself, that’s my key.
“Everyone evolves during the year, we never stop working and learning.
“After my win at Spa it was not easy, but we managed to be consistent, especially in qualifying, with good lap times.” he added.
Schumacher instead chose to focus on the attention that he has been getting from Ferrari, something that he is immensely proud about.
“It’s nice to see that my performance is recognised, and if it’s by a team like Ferrari, that’s very nice. But to just be mentioned generally in the world of formula one is positive,” he said.
“The focus right now is clearly on Formula 3. We are discussing it, but at the moment there is nothing fixed.” he added.
Schumacher has been linked to an F1 move to Toro Rosso next year, but he has time and again mentioned that he is no rush to make that giant leap into F2 as of now, as he wants to take his development step by step. Hence, a move to F2 would be the ideal way to go about it.