“Tragedy” and “disgrace” as legacy in Germany constructed by Michael Schumacer crumbles, says ex-F1 boss | F1

The legendary Schumacher nonetheless shares the joint-record for many F1 championships with Lewis Hamilton (seven), and was a mega-star that transcended his sport within the late-90s and early-00s.

At present, there is no such thing as a F1 German Grand Prix, no main Germany-based workforce and no viable title contender from the nation.

“In Germany, Formulation 1 has regressed right into a tragedy for which each and every motorsport fanatic can solely be ashamed of himself,” ex-Mercedes boss Haug informed RND.

“Between 1994 and 2016 there have been German world champions like on an meeting line, seven titles by Michael Schumacher, 4 in a row by Sebastian Vettel and at last the final one by Nico Rosberg in 2016 within the Silver Arrow. 

“Mercedes received 4 drivers’ world titles between 1998 and 2009 with its associate groups McLaren and Brawn GP with Mika Häkkinen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the Mercedes Silver Arrows works workforce turned constructors’ world champions eight occasions in a row from 2014 to 2021, taking six world titles with Hamilton and one with Rosberg. 

“For a dozen years on the finish of the 90s and within the 2000s, there have been two Formulation 1 races in Germany per 12 months, in entrance of packed stands and over 100,000 spectators every, and on [German TV] RTL watched by 12 million individuals as a substitute of three million at the moment. 

“In 2010 there have been seven German Formulation 1 drivers in a single season, at the moment there may be solely Nico Hulkenberg in a second-class workforce and Mick Schumacher a hopeful reserve driver – however no less than in the correct workforce.

“There hasn’t been a German Grand Prix for a very long time.”

May Audi’s deliberate arrival buck this downward pattern?

“Audi, now we have an issue, I can solely say,” Haug mentioned. “Audi, which can come to Formulation 1 in 2026, Mercedes, the ADAC, the AvD, German sponsors and all so-called stakeholders ought to spit vigorously into their arms, work with younger expertise and work collectively to make sure that the automotive nation Germany doesn’t lastly develop into the prey of the automotive haters, who disregard the truth that the prosperity within the nation was generated to a big extent because of the auto and its export successes and continues to take action regardless of all torpedoing makes an attempt.”

Mick Schumacher stays Germany’s greatest hope of a future F1 star. He was dumped from the F1 2023 driver line-up by Haas and can as a substitute be Mercedes’ third driver.

“For Mick, in my view, that is certainly an actual stroke of luck, and Mercedes would do very nicely to signal a German driver in its Formulation 1 workforce,” Haug mentioned. 

“Nothing is unattainable if Mick approaches the duties assigned to him in a targeted, diligent and desirous to study, and that is precisely what I assume. 

“He’ll seize this studying and coaching alternative with the easiest and make what he can out of it. If every thing works out because the events concerned think about, every thing is feasible for Mick. However first: head down, speak little and work tougher and study lots.”

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