Mick Schumacher has set out to create a name for himself. The 22-year-old has discreetly positioned himself to attempt to try and break one of his father’s Formula 1 records.
The German rookie qualified in 19th place out of 20 in what was his first ever qualifying session. This was at the 15-turn, 3.363-mile (5.412-kilometer) Bahrain International Circuit road course in Sakhir during the 2021 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Despite his performance, his teammate Nikita Mazepin qualified in last place after spinning out twice and causing a bunch of controversy in what was also his maiden F1 qualifying race.
Schumacher managed to finish 0.824 seconds ahead of his teammate. In order to get a better understanding of what that means, had Schumacher been 0.824 seconds faster, he would have overtaken an Alpine, an Aston Martin and a Williams.
Haas is currently in the last place in the constructors’ standings and people expect them to be there in all the 23 races this season.
In recent times, the all-time record for most consecutive teammate qualifying battles won was held by George Russell counted at 36. That mark ended last year but as of now there is no one who is close to that number.
If we are to exclude Russell’s lone Mercedes start last season, that number would have jumped to 38.
However, the all-time record for most consecutive teammate qualifying battles won at any point in a Formula 1 career is 56. This record is held by no other than Michael Schumacher, 91-time Grand Prix winner and seven-time world champion. Between 1992 and 1995, Michael won a record 56 consecutive teammate qualifying battles.
While looking at the big picture, it seems that Michael’s son Mick could be in line to try and break his father’s record.
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