Michael Schumacher's former Benetton teammate Johnny Herbert says that the 2020 Formula 2 season will be huge for son of the seven-time champion, Mick Schumacher, if he is to be successful in stepping up to Formula One.
To say that Mick Schumacher had an underwhelming debut season in F2 would hardly be an understatement. Having demolished the the field in the second half of the 2018 Formula 3 European Championship en-route to the title, his only in car racing, the 20-year-old German scored only one win in F2 in 2019.
“It’s probably an important season this year,” said Herbert during a press gathering at Autosport International. “If you stay there [F2] for too long, if you do a four-year stint which has happened a couple of times; for people like [Pastor] Maldonado and [Jolyon] Palmer, it hasn’t really turned into anything particularly brilliant.
Reviewing the performances of Schumacher across the year, Herbert continued, “Nothing that I would class as startling like we saw with Lando [Norris] and George [Russell]. His race win in Hungary was very well controlled, very mature in the way that he was able to look after his tyres and the manner he did but keep the pace he needed to. I know it was a reverse grid so he was on pole position, but it was a good win.
“In my experience, when you have a win like that, you’re confidence grows. You go to the next race and actually, your performance goes up. [With Schumacher] his performance didn’t go up. He was around seventh, eighth.
“It was his first season, but all of the guys that make a statement in the lower Formulas go in and go bang! It’s the George and Lando situation and past drivers have also done the same thing.
“[He was] good, but needs improvement. I know Ferrari have said that he’s an ‘option’ and all of that sort of thing. It’s a bit early for Mick on that front, but his demeanour is very good. He’s a very nice young man and they’ve brought him on in a very nice way.
“But results speak. That’s the big thing. It was OK what he did when he did the Ferrari-Alfa test and they were OK, but I only heard rumours of what fuel and tyres he was running, so it’s a hard one to properly read.”
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.