“Going through hell”, Michael Schumacher’s ex-teammate opens up on Mick Schumacher’s struggle in F1

Formula 1: Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver Mick Schumacher is parked on the bench this year after being unable to secure a…

Formula 1: "Going through hell", Michael Schumacher's ex-teammate opens up on Mick Schumacher's struggle in F1, Haas, Ferrari, Johnny Herbert

Formula 1: Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver Mick Schumacher is parked on the bench this year after being unable to secure a seat in 2023. The German driver parted with Haas helmet after the 2022 season. Schumacher’s first stint in F1 was turbulent and unfortunate at best. He just scored 12 points in 44 GPs with multiple DNFs to his name. Following the disappointment that Schumacher junior is facing lately, an old friend and racing partner to his father Michael Schumacher has come along in his support. Follow Formula 1 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

British driver Johnny Herbert, who shared the Benetton seat with great Michael Schumacher in 1994-95, recently gave his two cents on this situation.

Herbert took an empathetic take on the whole situation. He opened up about the pressure Mick must be facing for being his father’s son. Moreover, he also discussed the absence of Michael in an active parental role during the formative years of his racing life. Schumacher, who dictated almost every glass ceiling in the sport, has been out of the spotlight for a decade now following his ski accident.

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In a recent interview, Herbert talked about the difference it would have made to Mick if he had his father around.

“Michael Schumacher’s health is also very sad for Mick. It can’t be easy for Mick, because of what his dad achieved. Being around your dad when you’re younger. Then of course his dad is not there to enjoy it and guide him,” said the Briton.

Formula 1: "Going through hell", Michael Schumacher's ex-teammate opens up on Mick Schumacher's struggle in F1, Haas, Ferrari, Johnny Herbert

Moreover, he also appreciated Mick for the way he handled the highly pressured situation.

“He has dealt with the situation brilliantly. There was so much media attention just because of who he was and is. Then the expectations of what his dad did and trying to live up to them. He was under a hell of a lot of pressure and did it get the better of him? Maybe. Did he do enough when he was up against Kevin Magnussen (at Haas)? Probably not,” said the 3-time Grand Prix winner.

“That’s why it didn’t work out. He never created that opportunity for himself to continue as a racer,” added Herbert.

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