Sep.16 (GMM) Mick Schumacher is not getting carried away with speculation that he is looking likely to follow his famous father into Formula 1.
In an interview with RTL, the 21-year-old German would not comment on suggestions he will get a Friday practice outing for Alfa Romeo at the Nurburgring next month.
But Schumacher, whose father is seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, smiled as he admitted that the circuit in Germany’s Eifel region is “a piece of home”.
Mick is currently leading the Formula 2 championship, and it has been suggested that a top three finish will all but guarantee his move into F1 for 2021.
“I just keep doing my thing,” he told the German broadcaster.
“It does mean something to be a Formula 2 world champion, of course,” Schumacher added. “Of course it draws attention to you.
“But it is not a given that there will be a seat at exactly this time.”
Schumacher also revealed that he continues to get “one or two tips” about his career from Sebastian Vettel, who has been “very helpful” so far.
Vettel was famously close to Mick’s 51-year-old father. This week, the Ferrari driver commented on the fact that at Sochi next weekend, Lewis Hamilton could equal Schumacher’s record of 91 career wins.
“On the one hand, it’s a pity that everything is so simple for Lewis,” Vettel told Sky Italia.
“However, he worked hard to put himself in this position. Lewis deserves all of these successes,” he insisted.
“But he will never be my hero. That will always be Schumi, although I am happy for Lewis of course.”
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!