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Mick Schumacher has outlined plans to ‘apply for a big team’ in 2022 after being appointed a reserve driver for Ferrari ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Schumacher broke onto the Formula One scene in 2021 as he aims to follow in the footsteps of his legendary father Michael who announced himself as arguably the sport’s greatest driver after winning seven world championships.
The 22-year-old raced for Team Haas during his debut F1 season, but struggled to make any real impact having finished 19th on zero points in the drivers’ standings.
Whilst the German youngster may well have expected more from his maiden campaign, Schumacher clearly impressed the powers that be at Ferrari – a team synonymous with father Michael – having been named one of two reserve drivers.
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Speaking about his jump from the Formula 2 circuit up to F1 the 22-year-old said: “The cars are so much faster than in the junior categories, the speed at all levels is much higher.
“This fascinates me, this is where I wanted to go. I immediately felt that I could pick up the pace.”
Whilst Scumacher clearly enjoyed the increased speed behind his F1 car, the German no doubt went too fast on some occasions after equating around £3 million in damages on his Haas car.
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Despite this the 22-year-old is more ambitious than ever to succeed on the stage his dad proved to be arguably the greatest on, as he looks to build on his Ferrari reserve call up.
He commented: “I reached my goal when I arrived in F1, now I think I can close the gap with the others […] I also want to take advantage of 2022 to apply for a big team. That’s my goal.”
The fairytale story for Schumacher and the majority of racing fans would of course be for him to follow in the footsteps of his legendary father in becoming the main man in Ferrari red.
And following his recent announcement as reserve, it seems the plan could well for the German to take a full-time seat with the Italian-based team in the future.
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto spoke of Schumacher’s move, commenting: “He is a Ferrari driver. We should not forget that.
“He has been part of the academy and the reason we have an academy is to identify who can be the next Ferrari driver for the future.”
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