According to Sky analyst and former F1 driver Johnny Herbert, Mick Schumacher, Michael Schumacher’s 20-year-old son, has to prove himself next season if he wants to keep his F1 dream alive.
In 2018, after a spectacular comeback, Mick Schumacher became champion in the Formula 3 championship, which earned him a seat at Prema in Formula 2. He also became a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.
His first season in Formula 2 can best be described as a typical debut season with peaks and troughs and with a twelfth place in the final position of the championship as a result.
According to Johnny Herbert, teammate of Mick’s father at Benetton in 1995, the young German has to work next season if he wants to have a chance to sit in Formula 1.
Charles Leclerc and George Russell must be his examples, they managed to win the F2 championship before being promoted to F1. But also Lando Norris who just behind Russell finished in 2018 showed beautiful things and made it to F1.
“It’s probably an important season for Mick this year,” Herbert said at the ‘Autosport International Show’ in Birmingham earlier this month. “In my eyes, he has to do it this year.”
“His race win in Hungary was very controlled and very mature. The way he was able to take care of his tires, but at the same time keeping the pace he needed. It was a good win but nothing that I would classify as amazing as we saw with Lando Norris and George Russell. ”
Herbert is referring to the fact that Schumacher could not continue the positive line after his victory in Hungary.
“In my experience, if you have such a victory, your self-confidence grows: you go to the next race and your performance goes up. But his performance did not go up, he was around the seventh or eighth. The results speak for themselves, that is the most important.”
Herbert also knows that this was the debut season for Schumacher, but he nevertheless emphasizes that talented drivers are always noticed in the waiting room of F1, which is still Formula 2.
“It was his first season, but all the boys who make a statement in the lower formulas come in and start popping! It is the situation of George and Lando, and the former riders have done that too.”
“If you stay there too long – if you do a four-year stint, which happened a few times with riders like Maldonado and Palmer – it has not really become particularly brilliant.”
Herbert concludes by stating that Schumacher did well, but that everything could still be improved.
“It’s a little early for Mick on that front, but his attitude is very good. He’s a very nice young man and they raised him in a very nice way.”
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