Formula 1: The pressure on Mick Schumacher is growing
It can no longer be argued away: the accumulation of accidents in the 2022 season endangers Mick Schumacher’s Formula 1 career. As the only pilot next to Williams pay driver Nicholas Latifi, the German is still without a point.
Even worse: The Haas pilot’s season so far has been paved with bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns. The list is long. Too long.
Schumi jr survives the Australian GP. Although without a major accident, several rides in the race ruined the chance for points again. He was also lucky when behind the safety car he missed the rear of AlphaTauri pilot Yuki Tsunoda by a hair’s breadth.
The result: the pressure on the Schumi son is growing. Haas team boss Günther Steiner had already demanded results before the race in Monaco: “Otherwise the season will be over at some point and we’ll be waiting for the 24th GP.” Above all, the high bills caused by the German with his many accidents are increasingly a thorn in the side of the South Tyrolean.
“Losing the points is one thing for the team,” says ex-driver Alexander Wurz, “but when it comes to the car, it’s always a lot of money.”
In Formula 1, however, the following also applies: You are always as good as your last race. That means: A score with points would quickly silence all critics.
This fits in well: it has always taken Schumacher two years to achieve top performance in new racing cars. “He’s a learner,” says ex-Mercedes sports director Norbert Haug. “And he’s just trying to get everything out of the car. If you turn in a few centimeters too early, it can have serious consequences. Nevertheless, the team should stand by him now. If he can untie the knot in his system, he will also score points.”
Formula 1 can be brutal in such situations. Schumacher junior must not let the critics unsettle him now. “The season is still long, the tide can turn again very quickly,” he knows himself. “I’ve shown that before and I can show that again this year.”
He gets the absolution from his mentor Sebastian Vettel: “I have no doubt that Mick can do more than he is currently showing. But I think you (the media; ed.) need to leave him alone for a bit.” Only: It is doubtful whether team manager Steiner will follow the well-intentioned advice of the four-time world champion.