Haas feels ‘honor and pressure’ bringing Schumacher’s name back to F1

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Bringing Schumacher’s name back to Formula 1 in 2021 thanks to Formula 2 champion Mick is “an honor” for Haas, but also brings “a lot of pressure”, says Gunther Steiner.

Schumacher will move to F1 this year after winning the F2 title last year, joining the Haas team alongside fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin.

Mick is the son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher and enters the series nine years after his father retired from motorsport.

Haas F1 chief Steiner said while it was an honor for the team to play a role in Schumacher Jr’s graduation and the family’s return to the grid, he was under no illusions on additional projectors that would be on the team.

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“The name Schumacher, by Michael, is a legend in Formula 1,” Steiner told TBEN.

“Bringing in his son is fantastic, and I think it’s an honor for us. If I think back to when Michael was driving, he had that aura. [about him], and now we have his son on our team.

“I think for a young team we do it right and we do it wrong, but we always try to do our best at anything.

“To have [Mick] It’s actually an honor, but it also comes with a lot of pressure. I am fully aware of this and have no illusions.

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“We will do our best to fulfill our duty to bring him to more important things in life.”

Schumacher is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, with his move to Haas a sign of the closer ties that will be established between the two teams from 2021.

The 21-year-old clinched the F2 title in the final round in Bahrain, beating compatriot Callum Ilott and young Red Bull Yuki Tsunoda.

Steiner felt that the extra boost of having the F2 title under his belt would help Schumacher throughout his rookie F1 season, giving him confidence in tough times.

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“It’s a big statement, and I think it’s good for anyone’s confidence level to win a championship as competitive as F2. [in 2020]”Steiner said.

“As in every championship, you have good years when it is more competitive and years when it is less [competitive]. I think [2020] was very competitive. It was contested until the last race.

“For him, coming in as a champion will give him that initial confidence when he might struggle in F1 because everything is new.

“He can always go back and say he was the F2 champion. All of those things help when you get to F1.”

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