Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn thinks Mick Schumacher needs another season in Formula 2 before he steps up to the top flight.
He echoes the words of former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, who said earlier this week of Schumacher: “He is growing up now, but we still have to give him time.”
The 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher is currently eleventh overall in the 2019 F2 standings. He recently won his first race, in Hungary.
Brawn, the former Ferrari technical boss, told the Munich newspaper Tageszeitung: “Mick is just learning in his first year in Formula 2, which is anything but easy for a rookie. Especially learning how to manage the tyres. I think he needs another year.”
But Brawn does think Schumacher, a member of Ferrari’s driver development academy, has the potential to eventually make it to Formula 1, “There are moments when you can guess what he’s capable of.”
“I would love to see him succeed in Formula 1, but it would have to happen because of his talent, not because of his name. Then it would be a fantastic story.”
Current Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says he also believes in Schumacher’s talent.
“Mick is making good progress,” he told Bild am Sonntag. “He is gaining valuable experience in Formula 2 and the moment will come when he is ready for F1. We have invested a lot in him because we believe he can be a good Formula 1 driver.”