Could the Delay of 2021 Regulation Changes Accelerate Mick's Rise to Formula 1?
Son of legendary F1 Champion Michael Schumacher, Mick has already made a substantial mark on the world of motor sport. His phenomenal performance in Formula 2 last year, and subsequent maiden victory, has earned him a glowing reputation among drivers from all corners of the racing world.
To say that Mick is expected to make a debut in Formula 1 is an understatement; there is no stopping the F2 graduate, and it is almost guaranteed that numerous teams in the Formula 1 paddock are considering approaching the twenty one year-old affiliated with the Ferrari Young Driver Academy. The only matter of deliberation remaining is the question of when this will happen.
This might have been an assumption made on a regular basis throughout the 2019 season, but following the announcement of the delayed regulation changes for 2021, the driver market could drastically change from what was previously expected. Multiple predictions were made about where various drivers would transfer to, and which teams would make contract offers to specific drivers, but those rumors have now been extinguished, due to the rapid advance of COVID-19.
Drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are out of contract at the end of this season, and varying predictions were made about their next moves, respectively. Would Vettel retire? Would Hamilton take his seat at Ferrari? Would they swap places? The topic of their seats with Mercedes and Ferrari have been talked about almost nonstop in recent months, but those predictions have been put on hold for the time being.
However, Mick Schumacher poses an interesting proposition to Formula 1, and more specifically Scuderia Ferrari. A logical tactic moving forward for the team would be to sign the young driver, and acclimatize him with the accelerated and more hardcore world of Formula 1, and specifically with their car. He would subsequently be settled into the team and comfortable with the car before breaching the unknown, and taking on the regulation changes now set for 2022.
There can be no denying Mick’s talent and innate skill in a race car, and with all operations being pushed back, this gives teams and principals an extended amount of time to consider signing him on as a driver. Without a doubt almost every team on the grid would be interested in young Schumacher, but Ferrari would appear to have the obvious upper hand in the matter.
If Mick were to join Ferrari in the coming seasons, one thing is for sure: it would unquestionably not be the typical "master and apprentice" relationship between himself and his most likely Scuderia teammate Charles Leclerc.
For now however, all perspectives regarding contract negotiations and driver tactics are merely speculative, and there will certainly be no announcements or monumental shifts until the season is finally underway.