Mick Schumacher has said his next goal in Formula One is to become world champion with his bullish talk serving as a warning to Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. The 23-year-old’s future in the sport is currently up in the air following a sub-par season for Haas who are reportedly now contemplating moving him on.
Michael Schumacher’s son has won points in just two races during his Formula One career and sits off 10 points behind more experienced team-mate Kevin Magnussen in the World Drivers Championship. Much of his season has been characterised by poor errors resulting in big shunts in Saudi Arabia and Monaco.
However, his poor form has not dampened his own belief after he stated his current goal in the sport is to become world champion. This would bring into battle with Verstappen and Hamilton due to the pair’s dominance of the sport in the last decade. The Dutchman is currently the sport’s premier force winning 10 of the 15 races so far this season.
Schumacher announced his intention when questioned by the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, as he looked to head to what he hoped would be a long future in the sport.
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“Everything that happened in the past is now history,” the German driver said when asked if he believed he would ever make it to Formula One. “I would not change anything that happened in those years and in the years after and I am very happy to have achieved my goal of reaching F1. But now I want to achieve my next goal: to become world champion.
“I feel like until you fight to be up front or for championships, I will continue to need information and experience. I’m still chasing that. One of my goals is that one day, when I can fight for a podium or I can fight for the title, I can achieve it.
“What happens in the future I cannot predict. But I try to build everything to one day become world champion. I did it in Formula 3 and Formula 2, also in karting and in Formula 4 (he was second in German F4 in 2016). I feel like I have every chance to achieve that goal and I think I just need to be in the right car at the right time.”
However, the Haas driver was keen to stress that he is currently focusing on the task at hand at the American outfit and securing points in the next few races.
“My head is in racing,” he explained. “Now comes Monza and then comes special races like Suzuka which will be amazing to race there. I am looking forward to running there.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Schumacher will ever have the opportunity to fight with Hamilton and Verstappen for a championship given the current career crossroads he finds himself in. In the meantime, he will try to score as many points as he can in the following races this season starting with the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.