Formula 1‘s Managing Director of Motorsport Ross Brawn felt emotional seeing Mick Schumacher claim his first FIA Formula 2, reminding him of memories he had with Mick’s father, Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher was able to convert reverse grid pole in the Sprint race at the Hungaroring, and holding off Carlin‘s Nobuharu Matsushita throughout to ensure his first win in the series. It was also his first trip to the F2 rostrum.
The win by the son of the seven-time F1 champion created attention around the world as a Schumacher took the top step of the podium within an F1 weekend for the first time since the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, where Michael clinched his 91st and final F1 win.
Mick’s win in Budapest was also a venue where his father has a strong track record around, winning at the Hungaroring three times – one of them coming in 2001 where he clinched his fourth F1 world championship.
Brawn, who was instrumental in Michael’s success in F1 with Benetton and Scuderia Ferrari, has been supportive of Mick’s career and progress up the Motorsport ladder. Brawn felt emotional when he saw Mick raise his arms in the sky, similar to how Michael celebrated whenever he won a race.
“I wasn’t at the track, but it was an emotional moment seeing him raise his arms to the sky, and I can’t deny that it reminded me of his father, Michael,” said Brawn in his post-Budapest column on F1.com.
“Mick had to fight for the win and avoid making mistakes as he was harried all race long by Nobuharu Matsushita. The victory comes after a rather unlucky first part of the year and this will give him more confidence in his own abilities.”
Schumacher’s win in F2 marks a positive end to the first half of his rookie season. The German in his first year in F2 has endured a challenging period in the opening rounds, suffering a lengthy pointless streak by the midway point. His season turned around after the Austria Sprint race, where he delivered a comeback drive from eighteenth to fourth.
The win spawned mass media attention over Mick, being the son of one of F1’s most iconic’s drivers. Brawn and Schumacher collaborated with each other during the mid-90’s with Benetton before the pair reunited at Ferrari between 1997 to 2006, where the pair won seven world championships together.
Brawn was also one of the masterminds in creating some of Ferrari’s championship winning cars during Schumacher’s reign, including the F2004 – which son Mick drove around Hockenheim during the German Grand Prix.
The win by Mick also created talk about him making the move to F1, despite being in his rookie season in F2 and lying eleventh overall in the driver’s championship. Brawn says that Mick has a long way to go, but he’s heading down the right road to make it into F1.
“The younger Schumacher’s efforts have captured the imagination of media all around the world and show how much the Schumacher name still means and how much attention it can generate.
“Mick still needs to be allowed to progress calmly in order to see where he fits in this competitive world of talented youngsters, but (Sunday’s) win was an important moment: there’s a long way to go, but he’s on the right road.”