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Ecclestone: Michael Schumacher Would Have Kept Son Mick on F1 Grid

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Mick Schumacher would still be on the Formula 1 grid if his famous father Michael was in good health.

That is the view of former F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, after young Schumacher, 23, lost his Haas race seat late last year and settled for the Mercedes reserve role for 2023.

The German is hoping early talks with other teams results in his return to the grid for 2024, but Ecclestone laments the absence of Mick’s father—seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher.

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Now 54, Michael Schumacher was just over a year into his second and final retirement from Formula 1 when he fell while skiing with Mick in the French Alps in December, 2013. Michael has not been seen or heard from publicly since then, and the family has kept his condition in the wake of serious brain injuries a closely guarded secret.

According to Ecclestone, 92, Michael’s absence from day-to-day involvement in his son’s Formula 1 career is now being badly felt.

“With Michael at his side as a consultant, Mick would be a regular driver in the cockpit of a good team,” he told Sport Bild magazine. “With all of his experience, Michael could have given his son so much help. He would have shown him the right way in terms of driving, but also politically.”

Ultimately, after two disappointing seasons with the back-of-the-grid team Haas, young Schumacher also lost his place in Ferrari’s driver development academy.

“Red Bull would have been better for him.”

“He was with the wrong team,” Ecclestone said. “Red Bull would have been better for him. They would have cared more for him there and built him up.”

Now, however, Mick is a reserve driver under Toto Wolff’s wing at Brackley-based Mercedes, where Michael spent the final three seasons in his own F1 career.

“The burden of the name is heavy,” Ecclestone said. “Living up to that name is Mick’s biggest problem. It will be difficult for him to find a cockpit now—especially one in which he can win. Sorry to say it.”

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