MS says: My son will not race.
Posted 06 September 2000 - 02:38
Schumacher: my son will never race
The son of Michael Schumacher will never get a chance at driving
racing cars when the time comes, according to his Double World
Mick Schumacher, who was born last year, will be steered away
from the dangers of motorsport and into safer sports such as Golf or
tennis should he try sport as a career said Schumacher Snr this
'I actually must not think about seeing him in a racing car,' said the
31-year-old. 'I don't want him to become my successor.
'When children choose for the same hobby as their father, I would
probably start golfing. That's a relatively safe sport.'
Schumacher attributed the pressures placed on sons with famous
fathers as a burden for his own child, and another reason why he
wanted him to keep away from the cockpit.
'We have seen these problems with Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill
and many other (drivers) who followed their father's footsteps.
'Life was made very difficult for them.'
Posted 06 September 2000 - 03:58
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Posted 06 September 2000 - 05:49
Ray, good observation about JV & DH. Both didn't have dads to shove driving in their faces, yet they both chose to race by themselves anyway and were/are bloody good at it. Does anyone know if Graham or Gilles ever told their boys not to race?
Posted 06 September 2000 - 05:52
Posted 06 September 2000 - 14:28
Toronto Molson Indy layout on a Ninja ZXR-7R just weeks before the actual race in the early 90's.
Posted 06 September 2000 - 16:35
Posted 07 September 2000 - 05:18
'We have seen these problems with Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill and many other (drivers) who followed their father's footsteps.
I don't see any "Problem" with Hill and Jax doing it.
Maybe Schu sees it as a BIIIIG problem since they took away the 1996 and 1997 WC titles away from him?
What's your opinion Frans?
Posted 07 September 2000 - 06:19
But who knows where the sport will be in 20 years time. Just think of the technological advancement of the past 20. Injury will be unheard of. If it's in the genes (as is apparent with RS) then nothing will hinder Mick Schumacher Jnr if he wants to follow in his dad's wheeltracks and will be something I'd like to see.
When I was 5 my father wanted to start me off in karts but was forbidden by my grandparents. My grandfather and father had raced and rallied but I was not allowed to. Something I still regret.
Posted 07 September 2000 - 06:21
Posted 07 September 2000 - 09:39
Thank-U, that comment was addressed towards you. I am also a Hill fan and I don't find that post amusing...
Schmacher for sure didn't have a in mind the 1996 and 1997 championships he didn't get when he made that comment. Believe me, it's not great being a son of a famous Dad. When Hill started there was a lot of saying that yeah he got the ride only because of Graham, he can't drive worth a penny and basically it was a sad day when he entered formula one.
Last year, when they put together the Formula One Hall of Fame of the century, guess what? Yes, Damon was very much present there... And in the comments it actually said that of these two Damon was probably the 'faster' one. Still there are many believing that Damon wasn't even worth a shot in Formula One as there are soooo many better drivers out there. That he got the drive only because of his Dad.
...And we are back at the beginning...
Posted 07 September 2000 - 10:33
Posted 07 September 2000 - 11:46
I hope this is a promise!!
Posted 07 September 2000 - 12:03
We bought my son a kart (kitt car?) for his first birthday -- hoping to stir the passion. Poor little fella couldn't reach the pedals - four years later it sits unused. The thought of being a hockey mom made me cringe --- the idea of spending weekends at kart tracks seemed kind of cool. I'd get up early in the morning for that!
Brought him to Mosport for the ALMS. It was like I was torturing him - close to child abuse. He HATED it. He hides when F1 is on -- when we go to the local kart he is completely disinterested, and wants to play mini-golf instead.
He put it in perspective fore me: sometimes kids don't like what grownups do.
Guess I need to get out those hockey skates. Sigh!
Posted 07 September 2000 - 12:13
brocky said the same thing didnt he?
Posted 07 September 2000 - 12:22
maybe this is Shumi snr.s way of getting Shumi jnr interested in F1
Posted 07 September 2000 - 12:57
where did we hear that before?
damon vill not........biff
villeneuve vill not............biff
Heinz Harald vill not.................biff
and stop calling my son Mika, his name is Micky.No he is not named after my favorite racing driver........you vill not ask me zees qvestions. bif
Posted 07 September 2000 - 13:02
Posted 07 September 2000 - 13:13
I am not sure about Jody Schekter and his son. Jody actually seems quite enthusiastic about his son's career, but perhaps that is only after an initial argument over his son's future.
In the end, the child ends up doing what he wants, especially if he has inherited a natural talent from the parent.
As far as the difficulties faced by driving sons of famous F1 fathers, I would say that the opening of doors caused by the name compensates for the additional pressure of public expectations. JV for example, has always raced in the best machinery througout his career, which is a big help in developing confidence and getting the ontrack time required to become a good driver.
MS's son would definitely find a much easier time of it than his father, who struggled from being a garage mechanic to becoming arguably the world's best driver. The name and the money would be a definite help.