Formula 1: Schumacher teammate was in the Porsche sights

It’s not going well for Germany’s young hope Mick Schumacher (22) in the premier class of motorsport. At the first race in Bahrain, he drove after Formula 1 returnee Kevin Magnussen (29). The Danish Formula 1 returnee, who briefly replaced the fired Russian Nikita Mazepin as Schumacher’s teammate at Haas, finished fifth on his comeback and scored points, while Schumacher narrowly missed out on eleventh. In Saudi Arabia, a serious accident in qualifying even prevented the son of German racing legend Michael Schumacher from starting. Magnussen, on the other hand, ended up in the points again in ninth place.

What had happened: In a high-speed section, the German lost his Haas on a curb, spun and hit the wall sideways with full force. Schumacher did not initially show the directing. Instead, worried looks everywhere. While the ambulance was still parked next to the route, the Saudi route operators insensitively banged loud party music over the route loudspeakers.

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It was only later that the all clear was given. After intensive examinations, Schumacher junior was able to leave the hospital. But because spare parts were missing and his car wasn’t ready in time, Schumi junior had to give up the race. In 14 days in Melbourne he will be back. “We’re coming back stronger than before,” Schumacher said, ready to fight.
Alone: ​​He will also need healthy self-confidence to get out of the first trough of his career, which has been trimmed for maximum success. After winning the junior series Formula 3 and Formula 2, everything seemed to end up for the driver of the Ferrari junior academy, eventually driving the legendary “prancing horse” in Formula 1 like his famous father. His first Formula 1 year 2021 was still going in this direction. Although the Haas was by far the slowest car, the “Schumi-Kid” was able to set some highlights and especially dominated his teammate Nikita Mazepin.

Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen

However, Magnussen’s dominance in the first race caused the first cracks in the image. The problem: The Dane was never considered a real benchmark in the fast-moving Formula 1 society. Kevin, son of former Formula 1 driver Jan Magnussen, was simply underestimated. There were early indications of the extreme talent of the heavy metal lover. In 2014, he drove to the podium in a McLaren Mercedes on his Formula 1 debut in Melbourne. A sign of extreme talent.

In 2015 Magnussen completed test drives for Porsche. Today’s McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, who was responsible for the successful Le Mans project of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer at the time, was looking for drivers for the legendary 24-hour race in June. Seidl remembers at “Kevin was extremely fast right away, he put in a great test. I would have taken him immediately. But he decided to stay in Formula 1.” Magnussen’s Porsche went to the German Nico Hulkenberg, who immediately won the 24-hour classic with Porsche.

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That’s not the only reason why Magnussen’s image is different now. He is quickly counted among the best pilots in the premier class. Mick Schumacher’s uncle Ralf explains why. “Kevin has always been super fast,” says the Sky expert to, “but I think he took the next step during the year break. I tip my hat to him. How he got the maximum out of the car – both in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia – despite having major technical problems in free practice there. That is absolutely world class.”

According to Schumi II, this means for his nephew: “Mick can now orientate himself on him. If he is on an equal footing with him, he has done a great job.”

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In 2022, Formula 1 will run on Sky. Last year, the broadcaster introduced a new TV channel especially for the premier class: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All practice sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races are always live and without commercial breaks. In addition, Sky also broadcasts the support races Formula 2, Formula 3 and the Porsche Supercup. Historical races and special programs are also on the programme.

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