‘What would you be in case you weren’t a Method 1 driver?’
It appears as if the very idea by no means even occurred to him. His inexperienced eyes start to dart frantically back and forth as if considering an audacious double-overtake into Flip 1.
He hesitates earlier than ultimately blurting out: “Racing someplace else.. I suppose?”
‘What in case you weren’t in motorsport in any respect?’
One other pause, earlier than he can solely joke: “Racing folks on the streets, or no matter..?”
Once you’re the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, it’s comprehensible if following his footsteps into the cockpit of the planet’s quickest race automobiles has at all times felt like your future.
An equally understandable plan of action is likely to be to steer away from the pressures and expectations that include the burden of the Schumacher title and the staggering seven world championships connected to it.
However when racing is so deeply ingrained in your DNA that the very prospect of doing the rest is unfathomable, there was just one highway Mick was ever going to take.
Nonetheless, following his championship-winning success in each Method 3 and Method 2, his first foray into the head of motorsport with Haas F1 was one thing of a combined bag.
He did not register some extent in his rookie season however constantly out-performed team-mate Nikita Mazepin.
And whereas he scored 12 factors in his second marketing campaign, together with a formidable P6 in Austria, new team-mate Kevin Magnussen doubled that tally. A collection of expensive crashes additionally contributed to Haas deciding to exchange him with returning veteran Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 season.
Nonetheless, Schumacher isn’t straying too removed from the motion and is wanting ahead to creating a major contribution to Mercedes’ efforts this 12 months.
“As a result of I’ve raced final 12 months’s automobile, I’ve a a lot better understanding of the tyre mannequin and in addition the automobile mannequin,” the German driver factors out.
“In order that’s one thing I can suggestions instantly into the simulator and draw that direct comparability.
“Hopefully, throughout the 12 months I’ll be capable to pick some moments and assist the drivers if I see one thing.”
The truth that he’s landed at Mercedes at this time limit feels serendipitous as nicely. Each him and the group are within the technique of getting again on monitor.
With regard to that, Mercedes and the tradition they’ve inculcated over the previous decade that introduced complete dominance within the turbo-hybrid period, is maybe precisely the place Schumacher must be.
He recognises how the group stands aside with how they function and has nice respect for the type of mentality that fuels their drive for fulfillment.
“I believe the skilled aspect positively stands out. How they method a race weekend but in addition simply small issues like media occasions is superb.
“You actually recognise why they’ve been capable of get eight constructors championships in a row. That basically exhibits the mentality and the way they’re capable of constantly put within the work and energy.”
Nonetheless solely 23, Schumacher can have earned invaluable expertise throughout a testing time at Haas and realized classes that may little question maintain him in good stead transferring ahead.
New alternatives will current themselves and Schumacher is decided to grab them wholeheartedly.
“My purpose is to be again in a automobile as quickly as I can and again on the grid.”
For somebody so single-minded of their ambitions, that appears inevitable.
And, as has been well-established, there’s actually nothing else he’d fairly do.