Despite appearing calm after the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends in Baku and Montreal passed fortunately unscathed without a driver error induced crash, the discussions around Mick Schumacher and his excessive tendency to smash up his car have cooled down, for now. Enter former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who speaks up for Mick, slamming Haas team boss Gunther Steiner in the process.
The public scolding of Gunther Steiner, who had gone so far as to speculate on a risky F1 career for the son of the record breaking F1 champion, Michael Schumacher. His son Mick was criticised from many quarters after the Monaco GP, not excluding his uncle and former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher.
Now, however, Bernie Ecclestone, the supremo of the F1 circus during Michael’s golden years, has also intervened rather forcefully.
Like Ralf, Ecclestone criticised the driver management method used by Steiner, slamming the Haas boss whilst speculating that Michael would not have liked it either:
”He doesn’t need people telling him all the time. He needs someone to help him and not criticise him too much. If Michael were here, he would tell Gunther where to go! That would help a lot”.
The retirement in the Canadian GP, while he was in the thick of the fight for a points finish, has once again left Mick Schumacher pinned at zero in the standings. Ecclestone admits to being a little worried about the seven-time world champion’s son’s career:
”If he upsets the team and they kick him out, the question becomes whether another team is ready to take him. So he’s suffering a little bit and hoping someone will give him a chance. He has the ability, so it depends if there is a team willing to take him and try to see if he is as good as his father.”