Mick Schumacher, the son of the all-time greatest F1 driver Michael, recorded his first Formula 2 victory earlier today. The younger Schumacher was the fastest at the Hungarian Grand Prix, held before the F1 race.
So far, this is the most significant achievement in his career and a sign that this youngster has solid potential.
“Amazing race. The car was great,” Schumacher said afterward, thrilled because of the achievement.
The 20-year old started from the pole position and had a battle with Nobuharu Matsushita for the entire event. The two have provided an excellent amusement for the fans at the Hungaroring, stealing the show all for themselves. The Japanese driver tried to attack Schumi Jr. for the last time in the final lap but failed in that intention. This was by far one of the best races since the start of the season.
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Sergio Sette Camara finished third, Jordan King fourth, while Jack Aitken took the fifth place.
Today’s event was a sprint race, as F2 has two types of contests. The first one is a usual race, with pit stops and everything which goes along that. The second, which was today’s, is a sprint race and it doesn’t include anything else but plain racing without stops.
“I am just so happy. It was quite hard. Obviously, the tires were degrading and not easy to keep them alive, always having pressure and checking mirrors. It was entertaining,” said Mick.
This is Schumacher Jr.’s second season in F2, and after not so shiny rookie campaign it seems that improved a lot. Just to remind you, the F2 competition is the final step before Formula 1. If he keeps up with solid results, we might see him one day in the world’s most exciting race caravan.
Since he entered motorsport, Mick Schumacher has been under constant pressure and monitoring of both the media and the public. And everybody is wondering is he going to reach the long-lasted dream called Formula 1. With his father being the legend of F1, expectations from Mick are enormous.
The current driver of the Prema team doesn’t have an answer on his debut in the top tier, but promises a lot of work.
“Only time can tell. Having the first victory in F2 is a great thing. I need to work a lot on myself. Whether I go to F1 next year or in two years or maybe three, I don’t know.”
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) August 4, 2019
The parallels between him and his father are unavoidable. After the race, some of the journalists started reminding everyone that Michael had 4 wins here, and was always feeling confident in Hungary. His victory from the 1998 season when he outplayed both McLaren’s with a fantastic strategy and masterfull racing is still a subject of many talks.
For one brief moment, Mick stopped that and took the whole attention to himself. Right now, he is sitting 11th in the drivers’ standings with 45 points and is far behind the leading trio, Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi and Camara. But truth to be told, all three of them are much more experienced and older.
Today’s triumph in Hungary is by far his best result in F2, as his previous was the fourth place in Austria.
Schumacher Jr. also tested Ferrari’s F1 vehicle this April in Bahrain and is a part of Ferrari’s driver academy from this January. Back in Bahrain, Schumacher tested SF90, and was the sole rookie among all the drivers on the circuit. At the end of the day, he had the second-fastest time, being behind Max Verstappen.