Life in Formula 1 is full of challenges. It’s not just winning races or championships, one of the challenges also includes surviving in the premier class. Each year, many drivers face this uncertainty, and while some win, some fall prey to the silly season. Mick Schumacher was the loser of the 2022 silly games. The German is facing the most difficult aspect of life in Formula 1 as he got the boot from his Haas seat. However, a former Mercedes reserve driver believes Schumacher is well positioned with his role at the Brackley outfit with a “very rare opportunity.”
The driver we are talking about is Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman started life in Formula 1 in 2016 but took a bump in the road in 2019, finding himself drive-less for the season. This is when Ocon also became a reserve driver for Mercedes. Ocon believes his role in the Brackley outfit was monumental to his return to the grid. This is why Ocon believes Schumacher is in excellent hands at Mercedes, as quoted by Race Fans.
“He has a very rare opportunity – and an opportunity that I had as well – to work with a team that has dominated the sport for so long and that has huge knowledge,” Ocon said. “That’s not a negligible thing. It’s a very great asset, when you come back as a full-time driver. So I’m hoping Mick will find a solution very soon. And I have no doubt that a team would be interested in him.”
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After his role at Mercedes, Ocon has come far with his first podium and even a win, despite the early struggle at Renault. However, it’s not Ocon that has confidence in Schumacher’s chances for the future.
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A lot of entities, including F1 hopeful Mario Andretti also praised the young German. Although Schumacher does not need any praise and is highly confident in his abilities.
Speaking to GP Fans, Schumacher said, “Many people have already said it but I think it is worth saying again nobody was fully a complete driver in Formula 1 after two years and there is a lot to learn still. I intend to learn those bits and pieces and I’m sure that once I put everything together, as I have shown in junior categories, I’m sure that I can be a top driver in Formula 1 as well.”
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Every F1 driver must believe in himself before anyone else and Schumacher is showing that quality. Let’s hope the 2023 season on the sidelines gets him a seat in 2024. A seat where he can showcase these abilities he is so confident of.
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