Michael Schumacher’s son has given Ferrari a glimmer of hope for the future following another disappointing weekend for the Italian Formula 1 team.
During qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both struggled at Monza, placing 17th and 13th respectively.
It’s the first time since 1984 Ferrari have failed to get a driver into the top 10 of the grid at their home event.
Ferrari’s car has regularly lacked pace throughout the 2020 season, and there are serious question marks about the powerhouse team’s future.
Watch the 2020 Formula One™ Heineken Italian GP LIVE on KAYO. Every practice, qualifying session and race LIVE. New to Kayo? Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >
However, Mick Schumacher, son of the legendary seven-time F1 champion, has given Ferrari a “ray of sunshine”.
Mick Schumacher racing during the Formula 2 Championship at Monza.Source:Getty Images
The 21-year-old German won Saturday’s Formula 2 race at Monza, finishing 3.185 seconds ahead of Italian driver Luca Ghiotto. It was Schumacher’s first victory of the 2020 season after 15 races.
Schumacher’s fourth consecutive podium finish — and seventh this season — lifted him to third in the F2 driver standings on 131 points.
After hitting a wall in qualifying on Friday, Schumacher started at P7 on the grid. However, the racing prodigy had a blistering start, overtaking several rivals and entering the first turn in second place.
Super @SchumacherMick start 🚀
From P7 to P2 by Turn 1 👊#ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F2 pic.twitter.com/vPwi9XM5Rc
READ MORE: Ricciardo stunned by ‘chaotic’ F1 madness
READ MORE: Drivers preparing for Italian ‘nightmare’
Schumacher took the lead when Callum Ilott stalled in the pit stop, and the German controlled the race from thereon.
After the race, Scuderia sporting director Laurent Mekies said: “On a difficult day like this, there was one ray of sunshine thanks to the guys in the Ferrari Driver Academy who are racing in Formula 2, with Mick Schumacher taking his first win of the season.
“It’s great to see that, at the moment, the top three in the series, leader Robert Shwartzman, Callum Ilott and Mick himself, are all products of our Academy.”
Shwartzman – 134
Ilott – 134
Schumacher – 131#ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F2 pic.twitter.com/iwyzL6akeK
Speaking to the F2 website, Schumacher said the Italian Prema Racing team’s mechanics were to thank for the win.
“It was a long night for the boys,” Schumacher said.
“They stayed up until 2am yesterday and worked on the car to get it ready. They did that and they did it in style, so I am very, very proud of them.”
Schumacher is a member of the Ferrari young driver team and has been linked with a move to either Haas or Alfa Romeo — two Formula 1 teams equipped with Ferrari engines — as early as next year.
Hamilton sets fastest lap in F1 history
Formula One: As Lewis Hamilton closes in on Michael Schumacher’s landmark of 91 race victories, the six time world champion again rewrote the record books during qualifying at Monza.
— With AFP
Source: Read Full Article