Ecclestone’s Advice on How Schumacher Should Have Structured His Career

Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, has left Formula 1 after two years with the Haas team, with former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone suggesting he would have been better off in Red Bull’s junior program, and is now a reserve driver at Mercedes and will also drive for Alpine in the WEC.

Highlights

‣ Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, had to leave Formula 1 after two years with the Haas team.
‣ Despite not having much success in Formula 1, Mick Schumacher was successful in the training classes, becoming the Formula 2 champion in 2020.
‣ Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Mick Schumacher would have been better off in Red Bull’s junior program, which helps young drivers achieve victories.
‣ Currently, Mick Schumacher serves as a reserve driver at Mercedes and will also drive for Alpine in the WEC from this year. He remains confident that he will return to Formula 1.


Michael Schumacher’s legacy in Formula 1 set the bar high for his son, Mick. After a two-year stint with the Haas team, Mick had to bid farewell to F1. Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone wished things had played out differently.

Despite Mick’s lackluster performance in F1, he shone in the training classes. He bagged the Formula 2 championship in 2020. Since 2019, he’s been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. He even got to drive for Haas for two seasons.

Red Bull’s junior programme: A missed opportunity?

Ecclestone, now 93, had a different vision for Mick’s career. He told Süddeutsche Zeitung, “He would’ve thrived in a team like Red Bull with their junior program. They nurture young drivers to victory. That could’ve changed a lot for him.”

The Briton believes that Michael’s influence in the paddock would’ve been invaluable for Mick. “If his father had been there with him, it could’ve made a world of difference.” But after Michael’s tragic skiing accident, that’s no longer an option.

For now, Mick’s relegated to a reserve driver spot at Mercedes. He’s also slated to drive for Alpine in the WEC this year. But don’t count him out just yet. Mick’s confident he’ll make his F1 comeback and prove he’s got what it takes.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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