F1 News: Mick Schumacher Tired Of 'Exhausting' Fight To Return To Grid

Mick Schumacher is frustrated and emotionally drained by his ongoing efforts to secure a return to Formula 1.
Oct 21, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Haas F1 Team driver Mick Schumacher (47) arrives for practice for the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Haas F1 Team driver Mick Schumacher (47) arrives for practice for the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mick Schumacher, the ousted Haas Formula 1 driver, has expressed profound frustration with his strenuous journey trying to secure a seat back on the F1 grid. Since losing his spot at the end of the 2022 season and transitioning to a reserve role at Mercedes, the son of Michael Schumacher describes his situation as "exhausting", yet reiterates his unwavering dedication to his childhood dream of racing at the pinnacle of motorsport.

"Fighting your way back is exhausting,” Schumacher admitted. Despite the setback, he observes his peers from the sidelines with a mix of frustration and envy. “You get this cake presented to you which is really good, but you’re not allowed to eat it. And you have to watch everybody else eat it. So it’s tough, for sure, but I know why I’m doing it," he explained.

The journey has not been devoid of growth for the young Swiss-born German. Coming into his own over the past two years, he acknowledges a significant evolution in his personal and professional life. “Frankly, the way I was two years ago has nothing to do with the person I am today. F1 has been a dream I’ve had since I was five years old and I’m not ready to let go of that dream, right?" he shared.

The path to a racing seat is fraught with uncertainty, a reality Schumacher portrays as an “emotional rollercoaster.” Potential opportunities have come and gone, leaving him in a state of professional limbo. “Sometimes you feel like you have a chance, then it actually never ends up happening because something else happens. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and a draining last few years. But I’m working my way back,” he said.

Despite the challenges, Schumacher humorously hints at the possibility of sending out his resume, indicating both the severity of his plight and his determination to overcome it.

“Maybe I will start writing my CV and send it to people! It’s never been a secret, my goal is to be back on the grid,” he noted.

“I’ve shown in multiple ways that I am capable of winning championships. It’s just a matter of it fitting into somebody’s schedule, does it fit into their plan?” he questioned.

In addition to clarifying his ongoing improvements and potential, Schumacher confronts skepticism head-on. “There’s a lot which hasn’t been seen yet, especially from a driving point of view,” he asserted, understanding that much remains to be demonstrated since his stint at Haas.

As he performs in the World Endurance Championship with Alpine, Schumacher remains optimistic about proving his capabilities.

“I understand how I could have improved [at Haas], and there’s a lot more to show from my side. It’s all about, what do you want in your team right now? Do you want somebody who you can build a team around? Good for marketing? Purely shut up and drive? There are so many different types of drivers. As for me, I’m really hungry for it. I just need to keep performing in WEC, showing everybody what I can do. Then people will know what they get if they hire me, and hopefully I’ll be able to prove to everybody that they made the wrong decision in not keeping me,” he concluded.

With a seat opening at Alpine, a team he has close ties to and after Esteban Ocon's confirmed exit, we could see the return of the driver to the F1 grid. Although he'll have to fight Jack Doohan for the place, as well as potentially even Carlos Sainz with him currently out of contract at the end of this year.

Schumacher's journey through the 2022 Formula 1 season was marked by more lows than hights, but memorable finishes at the Great Britain and Austria Grands Prix showcased his potential amidst challenging circumstances. As he navigates this transitional phase of his career, his resolve remains as determined as ever, aiming to silence his doubters and reclaim his position on an F1 starting grid, perhaps as soon as with Alpine in the coming season.


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Alex Harrington

ALEX HARRINGTON

Alex is the editor-in-chief of F1 editorial. He fell in love with F1 at the young age of 7 after hearing the scream of naturally aspirated V10s echo through his grandparents' lounge. That year he watched as Michael Schumacher took home his fifth championship win with Ferrari, and has been unable to look away since.