Mick Schumacher will deal with father’s legacy pressure as he gears up for Haas F1 debut

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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says he believes Mick Schumacher will deal with the pressure of carrying his father’s legacy in Formula One, but thinks we will have to wait a few years to see if he carries the same level of talent.

The name Schumacher is returning to the F1 grid this season, and with it comes enormous pressure on the rookie driver, 22-year-old Mick, son of the seven-time world champion.

Haas have a new line-up this season, with Russian driver Nikita Mazepin stepping up into his first season in F1 too.

But realistically, all eyes around the world will be on the Formula 2 champion Mick, who is about to experience a debut like no other in the sport.

“The excitement in Germany is huge, I say Germany because obviously he is from there, but it’s worldwide because his father was such a great driver, he won seven championships,” explained Steiner, speaking exclusively to the Express Sport.

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“I know it was an era, but he came from nowhere and won a lot, so for sure, it’s a brand that comes back.

“A lot of people just recognise it and go back to watch it again.”

Until last year, Mick’s father Michael was one of the most successful grand prix drivers in history, and not only does Mick carry his surname, but this season on the timing screens – long term fans will see a familiar three letters ‘MSC’, rather than ‘SCH’ – a nod to his father’s legacy.

However Steiner admitted it was too early to say if we will see any glimpses of his famous father’s skills on track this season.

“He has got talent, because he won Formula 2, because otherwise he wouldn’t be with us. Michael was a seven-time world champion with two different teams, two with one, five with the other, so he was an exceptional talent, you get one of these guys every 20 or 30 years, with exceptional talent,” continued Steiner.

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“Let’s hope Mick has got that same talent, but it’s too early to say and times have changed as well.

“But for sure he has got talent, how big it is – we will find out in the next years, not in the next weeks, the next years.”

There will be a lot of pressure on the 22-year-old to emulate his father, and follow in his footsteps to success.

But the team boss believes he will overcome the pressure of carrying the legacy.

“I think he will deal okay with it, his father didn’t come in and win a race in the first year, but times have changed as well,” Steiner added.

“I think he’s well prepared for it, the fans will be impatient to see him winning because you think he can just pick up where his father left off, but I think it will take some time.

“But I think he needs to deal with it. There will be pressure and some moments he will not be happy because of the pressures, but when you are young you can take a lot.

“We just need to help him grow as a driver and a human being as well.”

Haas have an all-rookie line-up this season, after Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen weren’t retained, with Schumacher and Mazepin stepping up to the pinnacle of the sport.

And Steiner explained the goal at Haas is to learn and grow this season, for a chance to be competitive in 2022 when regulations in F1 change.

“Last year we decided that we needed to go a different way for the future, because we were struggling last year, and some stages we weren’t even sure if we were coming back this year, and then once it was decided we’re coming back, I was like, the car will be what it is, because we knew we fell back in developments and couldn’t make it up anymore,” continued the team boss.

“And then my focus shifted last year already to 2022, I saw 22 as an opportunity for us because of the new regulations.

“Then you look at it and think, well what are the drivers? Ok, we have the chance to get new drivers for 2022, and take some rookies.

“Mick was at the time when we started second or third in F2, so I started talking to Ferrari as he’s obviously a Ferrari driver at their academy, and they said yeah – let’s see how the season comes along.

“Then Mick took over the lead in the championship and then that helped a lot to make the decision.

“We just decided to take two young drivers, which has been looked at skeptically or negative, but I think because it isn’t done many times, it doesn’t make it wrong.”

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