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Mick and Michael Schumacher: the legacy

14.01.2019 | By ELENA LONGARI

Speed isn’t always a synonymous of recklessness. With Michael and Mick Schumacher, speed is the focus; it’s their drive, their energy and undisputed talent in performing laps better than anyone on the track, giving up on a lot, gaining much more.

Legends never stop

A 7-time Formula 1 Champion, the one who won the Grand Prix the most – 91 times, 77 fastest laps and a record of 13 races won in a single season. The legend of Michael Schumacher is probably the only thing that has ever passed him, even today when life played a sick joke on him.

 

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It has been over 6 years now since the life of best Formula 1 driver of all time’s life was turned around on the French Alps in a skiing accident. Since then, we have all tried to search for updates on Michael Schumacher’s health conditions, but nothing seriously positive has yet been released to press by his wife Corinna, who has always managed to keep this matter, as it should, very much private. It’s a story that broke everyone’s heart, not just the thousands fans’ from all over the world.

 

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The Schumi legacy

Mick Schumacher was only 14 when the tragedy unfolded. Just a teenager, who happened to actually have witnessed what happened. His heart was surely broken, as something pressed that ‘pause’ button on his father. But the now 19 year old, he is not broken. He stepped right on his father’s track and went for it, becoming a champion.

 

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Mick Schumacher

2014 was the year of the ‘you turn’, when the young driver completed his first test drives for Jenzers Motorsport in a Formula 4 racing car: in 2015 he was already racing and 2016 he switched to Pream Drivers. This year he made it clear he is on for the long ride, becoming, 26 after his father got his first F1 victory, 2018 Formula 3 champion. 2019 he will race in Formula 2 as well as going down on the track with Sebastian Vettel for the show race ‘Race of Champions’: ‘One step at the time’ as he declared, is exactly what it takes to go all the way to becoming a great champion.

 

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The drive

At his age most kids all over the world have only just got their driver’s licence. Mick Schumacher’s Instagram says he’s never been outside of a track, never stepped out of his racing suit, never worn any trendy trainers, posed for streetstyle magazines, snapped a selfie with a non-Formula 1 related celebrity. In his head, only room for that ‘drive’ to become the greatest, regardless of the fact he is the living prolongment of the greatest ever.

Mick Schumacher isn’t doing what he’s doing in his father’s shadow, he’s achieving what he is achieving to accomplish his father’s wish, ultimately honouring a living legend. Some might argue Mick’s drive to relive his father’s successes and maintain the legacy is far from a healthy lifestyle choice, where the suffering will always be a burden no matter how fast he goes, it will never lift off.

If Michael could see his son now, what would his say be?

 

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