Wolff wades into Schumacher ban

Zero F1 championship points and two serious accidents including a total loss – Mick Schumacher is currently facing criticism from all sides after his own mistakes, including that of his team Boss who said he was banned from having another crash. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff wades into the subject.

Some experts have even suggested a premature end to his Formula 1 career, with Haas team boss Günther Steiner, of all people, who topped the debate by speaking of the crash ban before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

First, ex-Formula 1 driver and uncle Ralf Schumacher jumped to his nephew’s side: “I can well imagine that Mick would already have points under a team boss like Franz Tost or Andreas Seidl,” the Sky pundit criticised Steiner’s management style. 

Now another team boss is taking the same line as Ralf Schumacher and protecting the stricken driver: “You have to take the pressure off him [Mick Schumacher],” Wolff demanded in an interview on Germany’s RTL TV channel.


Schumacher interviewed in f4

He said it was the “completely wrong way” to tell Schumacher that he should get through the weekend without any damage and thus to stir up an additional pressure.

“Mick can drive and has intelligence. You have to let him drive now as he can and as his instinct allows,” Wolff said.

The Silver Arrows team boss would take the opposite style of Steiner and let Schumacher “just loosen the grip off the wheel – with the possibility that it ends up in the wall again. But he has to learn that”. 


Wolff also noted that the 23-year-old is only contesting his second Formula 1 season, is still very much in the rookie phase and that they have to “give him the confidence”. Schumacher should therefore concentrate on working with his engineers and switch off his surroundings. “I don’t read the internet and I don’t listen to heckling, I do my thing,” he advises the German driver.

Wolff remains firmly convinced that Schumacher can go a long way. Will the 2020 Formula 2 champion also sit in the cockpit at Mercedes one day? “Why not?” the team boss answered dryly, but at the same time underlined his satisfaction with the current driver pairing as well as the development in his own junior squad.

“But: Mick, with or without the name Schumacher, is someone with his strengths who will always be on our radar,” Wolff concluded.



3 responses to “Wolff wades into Schumacher ban

  1. The problem is that mick has some very shoes to fill. However, results/crashes from him this year hasn’t helped with the criticisms now being directed towards him. Maybe F1 isn’t the place for him. Just because he is Michaels son shouldn’t give him the automatic right to be in F1…..oh, and who is Ralf Shumacher!!!

  2. The dude is rockie f3 champion and f2 champion in his second season, once he get used to the car he can be very consistent and thats how he win his f2 title btw, he didnt win alot in that season but he collect alot of point by being consistent and i dont think thats something he can do with a haas. he is up against a very experienced and good driver like k-mag. His mother was a racer when she was young. His sister was also a racer when she was young. His father is the GOAT of this sport, and his uncle has 6 wins and 27 poduims. I mean racing runs in his blood he is talanted he just need someone to bring that talent up. I know that right know hes fu*ing everything up but give the boy a break hell bounce back.
    Ps: he need to stop focusing on problems that isnt related to sport (like vittel and hamilton are doing).

  3. Remember when Max was putting it in the wall and running folx off the road when he first arrived. Well yeah he did win his first race and showed great potential BUT there were certain people hating on him as well

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