[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] MICK SCHUMACHER: BIG SHOES TO FILL

Ferrari and Schumacher. It’s an iconic combination, one that represents the pinnacle of achievement… with six-straight constructors’ titles a high water mark that Mercedes has only just equalled.

Michael Schumacher still statistically the most successful F1 driver of all-time, with seven crowns, five with Ferrari, 91 wins and 68 pole positions. His legacy defined by that 11-season stint with the Scuderia.

But, following in his sizeable footsteps is son Mick - who’s first season in Formula 2 will come to a close in December in Abu Dhabi.

It’s been a learning year for the 20-year-old, Schumacher taking the step up to F1’s immediate feeder series with Prema following his title-winning season in European F3.

…with F2 requiring a very different driving style, the cars heavier with no power steering. Pirelli not Hankook tyres. And less data.

SOUNDBITE (English) MICK SCHUMACHER,
F2 DRIVER, PREMA:
“We have to fight the car to be quick, and we have to be on the limit in every aspect, though it has to be not over the limit. So it’s better sometimes to be at 99 per cent, than 110 and it mostly will pay off.”

Across the 11 rounds run so far, Schumacher has earned 51 points. His maiden win coming in Hungary’s sprint race. He’s also taken two fastest laps. But had a double DNF in Russia…

… with an engine failure in the feature race, and damage in the sprint.

Schumacher will need to level-up next year, but his team hasn’t won the F2 drivers’ title since 2017, when another FDA member Charles Leclerc took the inaugural FIA edition’s crown.

Of course, the 20-year-old knows what lies ahead, having had demo runs in his dad’s old cars - both Benetton and Ferrari, and proper tests with the Prancing Horse and Alfa Romeo Racing.

And Schumacher can see competitive parallels, which could stand him in good stead should he reach the top…

SOUNDBITE (English) MICK SCHUMACHER,
F2 DRIVER, PREMA:
“I think that the F1 car was very close to the driving style of the F3 car, just of the way I felt in the car, how I had to drive the car. In high speed corners, the car nearly doesn’t move. It’s like on rails. You turn in and the car will turn in F1.”

So his future prospects are riding on his 2020 season, but Schumacher is on a mission to join the main game. Sooner rather than later.