Even more: The combative Schumi announcement, if “Magnussen achieves this result, then I can do the same”, the Swiss question critically: “Even the biggest Schumi fans are amazed at these words. Where does Mick get this self-confidence to beat the Dane in his own team?”
And a tough verdict given only one race in the 2022 season. Returnee Magnussen, whose driving qualities are undisputed, finished fifth in Bahrain. Schumacher’s eleventh place is also due to a bump from Alpine pilot Esteban Ocon shortly after the start.
Strong from Mick: He takes it upon himself to make the strategic mistake of not getting new tires during the safety car phase towards the end of the race: “I made the decision to stay out and hold my position. Now I know that was the wrong decision, but we’ll do better next time.”
For the up-and-coming star, this means: The pressure is increasing. A crash like 2021 would come at the wrong time. Even more: A good result in the team-internal duel is needed. Mainly because, unlike teammate Magnussen, Schumacher knows the track from last year.
But the fact is that it is too early to write off Schumi junior now. Or to put it in the words of his uncle Ralf: “Let’s just wait and see, it’ll be fine!”