Mick Schumacher, Prema, Formula 3, 2018

Mick Schumacher has the talent to reach F1 – Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton believes recently-crowned European Formula Three champion Mick Schumacher has the talent to reach Formula 1.

“He’s obviously got a lot of talent as his dad had,” said Hamilton during Friday’s FIA press conference.

“Just like Keke [Rosberg] and Nico, just like when Fernando [Alonso] has kids I’m sure an Alonso will be here again. Even if I have a kid who wants to race and even if he’s no good he can make it Formula One because of the name.”

Being the son of Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in the history of F1 in terms of championships and race victories, needn’t be a burden for the younger Schumacher, Hamilton believes.

“I don’t think it will be a burden,” he said. “I think naturally for any of the champions when they have youngsters come through, naturally Michael is named the greatest driver of all time, he’s got the most titles, so there will one hundred percent be a Schumacher back in Formula One, partly because of the name, but secondly because he’s doing a great job.”

“He’s doing a really great job and he’s a really great kid as well,” Hamilton added. “He’s come and been a part of our team a couple of weekends, I think it was last year, [he’s] very attentive.

Mick Schumacher, Prema, European Formula Three, 2018
Mick Schumacher clinched the European F3 title
“He’s got a great talent as his dad had so I don’t think it will be a burden in my personal opinion. I think it could be great for the sport.”

With few available seats left on the grid for the 2019 F1 season. Mick Schumacher looks increasingly likely to spend next season in Formula Two. Max Verstappen, who moved straight into F1 from F3, said it may be better for Schumacher to take the step he missed.

“I think everybody is different,” said Verstappen. “They just need to make up their minds what they want to do and what offers they get in whatever series.

“I’m very happy I skipped Formula Two but for some other drivers it’s maybe better.”

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15 comments on “Mick Schumacher has the talent to reach F1 – Hamilton”

  1. I think it will be great for the sport but I get the feeling Mick will not enjoy his stay. My guess is reporters (the lower level kind without a backbone or respect) will constantly ask for a status update on his father.

  2. That photo is creepy, it’s like looking at a Michael’s clone.

    1. @johnmilk – true, and the red/white overalls just adds to that impression.

    2. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      19th October 2018, 13:21

      Indeed, although I think he looks even more like his mum than he does his dad

  3. Let him get there in good time, no point rushing him in just because of his surname.

    1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      19th October 2018, 13:22

      Okay Mick, we will leave you alone :)

  4. José Lopes da Silva
    19th October 2018, 13:48

    Honestly, I think we’re developing another worrying trend here as if F1 and motorsport didn’t have enough already. Lots of people complain that Max Verstappen is just a marketing ploy. What would they say of this? The boy had meagre results up until this season and especially until the later stage of the season.

    And of course, no one is asking the questions that Dan Ticktum asked. What happened? Why there is no journalist at least trying to ask those questions?

    Charles Leclerc explained why he got ahead of Ericsson after those first few 2019 races. Regarding Schumacher, how did this happened?

    Anyway, what kind of marketing thinking is this? Is anyone thinking that it is better to boost a Schumacher name to the grid, eventually to be a midfield driver, and set Ocon aside because he has no money? What kind of target is going to be excited about this?

  5. According to a reliable source, out of commercial and entertaining purposes, Mick’s car was manipulated to be faster than others, which will help him win more races and later join F1.

    1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      19th October 2018, 14:52

      What source?

    2. @peking901 going to share that reliable source?

      1. Sorry I cannot.

    3. Peppermint-Lemon (@)
      19th October 2018, 16:57

      You spoken with Ticktum?

      1. Sarcasm?

        Honestly, I did have a suspicious of this information at first either, because it is totally beyond my cognition. But I could only say as high as this source’s level, it is reliable. Believe it or not.

  6. Peppermint-Lemon (@)
    19th October 2018, 17:01

    Michael was great in karts, very good in lower formulae, something “clicked” and he was excellent in Group C, and exceptional in F1.

    Mick looks to be similar. Didnt set the world early on in lower formulae, then something suddenly clicked later in the season this year.

    If his studious nature and endless self improvement and work ethic (like his father had) continues unabated then he will be a multiple world champion regardless of the commercial paths being smoothed by his surname.

    1. Interesting theory… Time will tell…

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