Michael-style team rebuild now much less likely for drivers
Mick Schumacher thinks it’s hard for any driver to “make big differences” in building a team in the style of Father Michael, as the peloton is overall closer together these days.
The seven-time world champion moved from Benetton to Ferrari hoping to bring the Scuderia back to the top of the grid, and he won his first title there with the team in his fifth season – with the Italian side having come through a difficult period in terms of major successes.
Mick, who has now completed his rookie season at Haas, was asked if a similar scenario could happen again, where a driver can be a catalyst to move a team forward.
The youngster hopes the teams can get even closer with the new rules, but given the teams are less spread out than they were during his father’s run, Mick thinks it’s difficult for a pilot to make a significant difference in the same way. Nowadays.
“I believe that in the end a top team will always have the upper hand, but to what extent the driver can then translate that into the championship is always the question.
“Everything has to be right and fit together. And yes, then you can definitely do something with it. What happened in the past and what is happening today are of course two different things.
“You can’t really compare them anymore. Reliability was quite different. Nowadays, the whole field is very compressed.
“Even we, at the end of the field, are only two or three seconds behind a top car. In the past it was very different. Just one example: in 1997 Jacques Villeneuve was more than 1.5 second faster in qualifying in Melbourne than his teammate, still second.
“The differences are smaller now; everything has been much more perfected, so the driver or the team can no longer make the big differences.
Schumacher hopes to play his part in bringing Haas as far into the field as possible as he enters his second Formula 1 season. enter the midfield battle.