Hill remains tight-lipped on Schumacher predicament – “We can’t make a judgement on it”

Damon Hill refused to give his opinion on Haas driver Mick Schumacher, saying he would save his verdict after he had contested a competitive season. 

Schumacher completed his rookie season in 2021. Although he did not score any points, he showed promise and pace, and impressed fans with his abilities.

His ability to remain calm in the tensest situations earned him praise from fellow drivers and pundits. However, being new to the sport, there are many things he is yet to learn.

As a result, Hill refused to give his opinion on Schumacher, saying he had just contested one season. 

“He has been given the opportunity to learn without too high expectations,” the 1996 World Champion told Motorsport.com

“And therein lies directly the biggest problem. He’s in the spotlight, but he’s just doing his own thing. He seems to be able to stand up for himself, and from the team I’ve only heard good things. He works hard, he understands what is needed.

“He needs to get to a more competitive team at some point. Maybe that will be Haas next season. But he was a bit hidden on the back row. We can’t make a judgement on it. It’s very difficult to judge his performance.

Mick Schumacher alongside Nicholas Latifi during the Abu Dhabi GP. Yas Marina December 2021.
Schumacher (right) was always at the back in 2021. Source: planetf1.com

“And yes, he is nice. He always says hello. I wasn’t very close to Michael (Schumacher)….well, on the track it got very close sometimes, but not socially. He’s maybe a bit more worldly than his dad was at the time he started.”

Tributes

Hill also commented on the ‘Schumacher’ documentary, which has Mick, his mother and some other family members speak fondly regarding the seven-time world champion. 

“It showed the human side, a side we didn’t see when we raced. His tough side was not shown,” he remarked. 

“But how can you show an overall picture of a human being? You can write as many biographies as you like or make many documentaries – they are all snapshots.

“What happened is absolutely tragic and I sympathise with the Schumachers for what happened to Michael. You don’t wish that on anyone. Life is full of unexpected and unpleasant surprises.”

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