After winning the Formula 2 title in 2020, Mick Schumacher was allowed to prepare for his debut season in Formula 1 this year. However, he did not end up with one of the top teams before that. The 22-year-old driver has to make do with a place at Haas F1, which put little energy into the development of the car for 2021 and is committed to more success in 2022. Schumacher’s debut season is therefore largely in the rear, but that doesn’t mean that the dream of becoming world champions is gone. In fact, according to team principal Guenther Steiner, he has all the ingredients to one day become that.
“He’s not just here to complete the 20 or so drivers, he’s here to become world champion. Of course you have to be in the right place at the right time. But it also applies: the better you are, the greater the chance that you will make the right decisions and the greater the chance that the right team with the best car will hire you,” Steiner said. F1 Insider. “Mick has the qualities, although it is not yet possible to say with certainty that he will one day become world champion. But I believe in him. He also has the urge to do that, he wants to become world champion. And that is also important.”
Ensuring a positive atmosphere within Haas
Although the ultimate goal is to become world champion one day, Schumacher finds himself on the other side of the grid this year. Haas’ car is the slowest of all and so he has often been sentenced to a fight with teammate Nikita Mazepin. Still, Steiner sees no frustration with his pupil. “Mick understood well where we were and this year has not frustrated him. He knew what he was getting into from the start,” he said. “He creates a positive atmosphere in the whole team and with the people around him. He says, “Guys, it’s been a tough year, but every weekend we learn something and get better.” That brings a positive spirit to the team.”
Apart from a positive outlier in Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi, Schumacher will finish his debut season in nineteenth place in the championship, without having scored any points. Steiner knows that points do not tell the full story and is therefore happy with the “good development” that the German went through this year. “He can be happy with what he has learned. I think it is a good preparation for him for 2022. He will certainly make one or more mistakes. Mick is 22 years old, which is still very young. And Formula 1 is a very difficult world, not just in terms of driving. All in all, he’s doing really well, so I think he’s on the right track.”