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Mick “very similar” to Michael Schumacher, say Haas’ Ferrari Staff

Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 runs in the Paddock during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Haas’ Ferrari Staff said Mick Schumacher is “very similar” to his father Michael.

Mick will make his Formula 1 debut with the Haas F1 Team next weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix, alongside teammate Nikita Mazepin.

In an interview with Motorsport.com, Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner explained how similar Mick is to Michael and how hard he works.

“I’ve never worked with [Michael] and I didn’t know him that well, so I only know from the press and from TV that he was a hard worker,” said Steiner.

“We have a few people from Ferrari with us who have already worked with Michael, and they tell me what was it like. They knew Michael very well.

“They were very emotional when Mick came to us. They explain to me how Michael worked, and I think Mick is very similar.

“He works hard, he wants to know everything, he wants to learn, he just wants to get better – every day, every hour, every minute.”

Steiner said that Mick’s goals for this season with Haas are “to learn as much as possible,” and not to achieve great results.

“This year Mick won’t have any great results, because he doesn’t have the material for it,” Steiner continued.

“But the big result for Mick will be that he learns as much as he can and is ready when our car gets better, when his future starts.

“He’s not just here for two years, which is usual in Formula 2 or Formula 3. He’s here for a long career. The first year in Formula 1 is always difficult when you get there, to be there right way and to be competitive. The material plays a huge role here.

“Knowing what kind of material [we have] this year – I don’t want to downplay it now – but we made a decision that we’re not going to develop this year in order to fully focus on next year.

“That’s why we can’t expect Mick to be P1 or P2 after the first qualifying session.”

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