Mick ‘needs three years’ before thinking of Ferrari

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Mick ‘needs three years’ before thinking of Ferrari

Mick Schumacher shouldn’t be pondering of leaping right into a Ferrari race seat on a everlasting foundation any time quickly, says Franz Tost.

Sharing Ferrari reserve driver duties this 12 months with Antonio Giovinazzi, Schumacher’s most important job is, after all, racing for one of many Scuderia’s buyer groups, Haas.

After a primary season during which he was regularly racing on the again in an uncompetitive automotive, generally with solely his now former team-mate Nikita Mazepin for firm, the German is discovering himself within the thick of the midfield battle this 12 months with the much-improved VF-22.

Mick ‘needs three years’ before thinking of Ferrari

Nonetheless looking for his first F1 factors, the intention for the 2020 Components 2 champion and Ferrari Academy driver is to progress sufficiently to ultimately be given a race seat by the crew for whom his father, Michael, spearheaded a golden period twenty years in the past.

After all, given how strongly Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have began this time period with the all-new F1-75, it is not going to be simple to dislodge both of them.

Tost, the AlphaTauri crew principal, was one thing of a mentor to Michael Schumacher and his brother Ralf within the early phases of their careers.

The 66-year-old Austrian is urging Mick to be affected person – and to concentrate on getting the higher of his Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen earlier than he begins fascinated by a promotion to Ferrari.

“He has to drive some place else for one more three years,” Tost advised F1-Insider.com.

“Components 1 is extraordinarily difficult in the present day. A driver wants no less than three years of studying to drive on the prime stage. A George Russell or a Charles Leclerc additionally wanted that point.

“He first has to beat his team-mate Kevin Magnussen persistently at Haas and attempt to obtain success with Haas. That’s his job now and nothing else.”

Ex-F1 driver Marc Surer, in the meantime, seems to carry reservations about Schumacher’s pure velocity and suggests an “analytical” method might be his greatest likelihood of success.

“Mick has proved how succesful he’s of studying via his successes in Components 3 and Components 2, every of which he received in his second season,” stated Surer.

“In Components 1 in the present day, that’s one of the vital essential issues. You possibly can see all the things within the telemetry knowledge in the present day, from steering wheel motion to braking level to the place of the accelerator on the team-mate. Mick will now examine this knowledge rigorously.


“You don’t must be a highflyer to achieve success. Niki Lauda and Nico Rosberg are good examples. Neither had the fundamental velocity like Alain Prost in Lauda’s case or Lewis Hamilton in Rosberg’s. However, they have been capable of beat their team-mates as soon as and win the World Championship.

“Pure expertise alone just isn’t sufficient both. The instance of Jean Alesi exhibits that. He was thought of a highflyer when he got here to Components 1. However in the long run he may solely win one race in his profession.

“Mick has to concentrate on his analytical expertise and observe the trail of Lauda and Rosberg. That means, he can suggest himself to Ferrari within the subsequent few years.”




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