Thirty years ago, Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps. This weekend, in 2021, Mick Schumacher will follow in his father’s footsteps and also compete for the first time at the Belgian GP.
In Schumacher Senior’s debut in F1 with the Jordan 191, he drove surprisingly to P7. A year later, he took his first of six GP wins there at Spa-Francorchamps in the Benetton car.
The young Mick Schumacher already drove the Benetton B194 on this track in 2017 and recently he drove his father’s Jordan 191. Now, however, he is pleased to announce that he wants to open his own chapter in F1.
“Driving my dad’s Benetton in 2017 was a great experience. Now, five years later, I’m driving in Formula 1 myself and that’s 30 years after my dad made his debut. It’s a really special moment for me and my family, so very happy to go there and put my mark on that special track too.”
Schumacher’s current form is showing as he had great duels with Verstappen and Russell at the Hungarian GP. The young German wants to continue this form on the track where he won his first F3 GP race in 2018.
“In general, Spa is my favorite track, in any circumstance. It was [where I took] my first win in Formula 3 in 2018 and the first one from a good streak. It was also my first pole position that year. It was very good to start off there as it’s such a special track to us as a family, and to me, so I’m very happy to be able to go back there and hopefully we’ll be able to pull something out of the hat, which would be great.
“For me, coming back to Spa is just great,” he added. “I was there last year and previous years and obviously we’ve had a lot of ups and downs there. It’s definitely one of the most challenging tracks – it’s super long, there’s a lot of undulation in it, it’s very historical and definitely one of the most special weekends that we have on the calendar, so I’m really looking forward to going back.”