He reminds me of his father: Fernando Alonso heaps high praise on Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher clearly made an impact in the Turkish GP qualifying as his most notable display was his entry into the Q2, his first in F1, and Haas' first in 2021.

Mick Schumacher in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)
PUBLISHED: Oct 16, 20213 MINUTE READ

‘Almost everything’ about Mick Schumacher, according to Alpine driver and F1 veteran Fernando Alonso, reminds him of the German’s father, the legendary Michael Schumacher. During the latter’s final few seasons in Ferrari colours, Alonso and Michael Schumacher fought a classic rivalry, with Alonso ending the seven-time World Champion’s dominance by winning the 2005 Drivers’ Championship. Schumacher had won five Drivers’ Championships in a row prior to Alonso’s victory, and Alonso won again in 2006, this time after a far greater challenge from Schumacher. His son, Mick, is currently a driver for the Haas F1 team. He managed to get into Q2 in the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying last Saturday, which is a pretty impressive feat considering that he did it in a Haas car.

“It is really something special to have him in F1,” Alonso said as quoted by Motorbox.

“He reminds me a lot of his father. In body language, in facial expressions, with almost everything. He even has the same abbreviation as his father on the time monitor. I find that very touching,” the Spaniard added.

Alonso clearly has the better car right now, with his Alpine team sitting in fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship, while Schumacher’s Haas team is at the bottom and has yet to score a point in 2021. However, because Alonso admires Schumacher’s driving style, he hopes that the 22-year-old will soon get a chance in a more competitive car.

‘CAN ONLY WISH HIM A BETTER CAR SOON’

“I like him a lot, I like his style, I like that he is in F1. I can only wish him a better car soon,” said Alonso.

Michael Schumacher has a reputation for being a fierce competitor on the track, but Alonso claims there was always respect between them, as well as the German’s genuine wish for Alonso to enjoy his World Championship success. In addition, Alonso learned a valuable lesson from his former rival.

“Above all, I learned one thing from him: never give up. Michael has always been nice to me, we respected each other a lot,” the Alpine driver said.

“He always made me feel that he wished me every success and that I should enjoy winning the championship,” he added.

MICK’S FANTASTIC TURKISH GP QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE

Mick Schumacher left Turkey after a positive performance with his car and putting in a great performance before the race on Sunday. Mick made a strong start to his Turkish Grand Prix. The most notable display was his entry into the Q2, his first in F1, and Haas’ first in 2021.

He set the 11th fastest time in Q1, indicating that he could have a good weekend. Even though he could only finish P14 at the time of his elimination, it was a significant step forward for the German racer. However, his weekend was spoiled when Alonso tagged him during the first lap of the race. Mick couldn’t deal with the better sides after that.

“We were very close [to cars ahead] from the beginning, and it just seemed like the gaps to the other cars was a bit smaller than usual. We can take massive amounts of positives from here and hopefully bring them to the rest of the season,” Mick said after the race.



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