The background: team boss Günther Steiner wants to see performance before he confirms the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher for a third season. The problem: After the first two points races in Silverstone and Spielberg, Schumi jr. most recently in France and Hungary again empty.
This was also due to his poor starting positions. At Le Castellet, the German only started from 19th place after illegally taking a shortcut in turn three. In Hungary he made it into the second qualifying session in 15th place, but was slower than teammate Kevin Magnussen (13th place). To save Schumacher’s honor it should be said: Only the Dane got the long-awaited update. Schumi Jr. had to make do with the old car.
The problem: qualifying has never been the record world champion son’s forte. Even in Formula 4, Formula 3 and Formula 2, his standard sentence was: “I still have room for improvement in qualifying.” Alone: At the end of his second year in each case, he had this problem under control.
Also means: In the second half of the season there is a good chance that Schumacher will improve significantly in qualifying and, above all, can beat his teammate Kevin Magnussen. Then the contract extension shouldn’t be a problem either.
A statement that should give hope to Schumacher fans. Because after years of support, the Scuderia will not let the son of their savior from the past fall after a season with at least two points and quite strong races. This is not only due to the family’s close relationship with Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto and FIAT boss John Elkann.
Because there is currently no driver from the junior leagues with the appropriate passport, Domenicali will do everything to convince his Ferrari successor Binotto and buddy Günther Steiner to stay with Mick Schumacher for another year. With the appropriate backing, he becomes a man for certain rounds…