Formula 1 motorsport managing director Ross Brawn says Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher’s arms aloft celebration after taking his first Formula 2 win in Hungary “reminded me of his father, Michael”.
Prema Racing driver Schumacher fended off the chasing Carlin Honda junior Nobuharu Matsushita to score his first win and podium in the series at the Hungaroring on Sunday.
The podium celebrations were observed by Mick’s mother, grandmother and sister, as well as Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto and Michael’s manager Sabine Kehm, who now oversees Mick’s career.
“I wasn’t at the track, but it was an emotional moment seeing him raise his arms to the sky, and I can’t deny that it reminded me of his father, Michael,” said Brawn, who played a part in Michael’s five world championships earned at Ferrari in the 2000s.
“Mick had to fight for the win and avoid making mistakes, as he was harried all race long by Nobuharu Matsushita.
“The victory comes after a rather unlucky first part of the year, and this will give him more confidence in his abilities.
“The younger Schumacher’s efforts have captured the imagination of media all around the world, and show how much the Schumacher name still means, and how much attention it can generate.
“Mick still needs to be allowed to progress calmly in order to see where he fits in this competitive world of talented youngsters, but yesterday’s win was an important moment: there’s a long way to go, but he’s on the right road.”
After the race, Mick was asked if it was special to win at a track where his father had been successful during his F1 career.
“It is very special, in general,” said Schumacher. “And thinking back to last year and my first win in Spa, a track that my Dad was very comfortable at too.
“The crowd here [at the Hungaroring] are incredible too, so that made it more of an enjoyable race.
“In general, I am very happy for it to be here and not Spa because that would be one later.
“I think the earlier the better, and [I’m] just happy with the win now. I’ll celebrate with my family.”