Guenther Steiner set to be approached over Mick Schumacher reunion

Thomas Maher
Mick Schumacher with Michael Schumacher's 2011 W02. Goodwood July 2023

A prominent German F1 driver is eager to help Mick Schumacher try to get a seat back in Formula 1, perhaps even with Haas!

Mick Schumacher may be able to rely on the support of a former sparring partner of his father as he bids to rekindle his F1 career after losing his seat with Haas at the conclusion of 2022.

Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 World Champion Michael, is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes and has carried out testing duties for the Brackley-based team as well as a private test in a 2021 car for McLaren.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen wants to help Mick Schumacher

Three-time Grand Prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen, whose time in F1 came to an end at the conclusion of 2003, has recently surfaced from leading a very private life at home with his family and has begun posting on Twitter.

The former Sauber, Williams, and Jordan racer got involved in a discussion amongst some German racers about the fact that, despite F1’s popularity, there seems to be little appetite to host a race in the country and public interest in the sport appears to have waned.

According to Frentzen, who was part of the German boom in popularity of the sport as he and the Schumacher brothers became stars of the F1 field during the mid to late 1990s, the fact that there is only one German driver, who is mired in the midfield, can’t sustain the public’s enthusiasm all by himself.

“It is also due to the fact that [Nico] Hulkenberg alone does not manage to keep the German mood high,” Frentzen wrote in response to German racer Sophia Floersch after she shared an article about the current lack of German interest.

“In my time, Michael Schumacher was already there for some time and, in addition, he won everything.

Then I came to his aid, and then Ralf and Nick [Heidfeld].”


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而Frentzen和舒马赫可能不总是seen eye to eye as contemporaries during the 1990s, with Michael’s wife Corinna having been an ex-girlfriend of Heinz-Harald, Frentzen said he wants to have a chat with Haas’ team boss to try helping both their causes…

“Hulki (sic), let me talk to Steiner that he makes your car one second faster,” he said.

“If I can, I help him with that. And try to convince him to get Mick back….”

A commenter responded: “I think Mick has been extremely good for popularity.

“A lot of people watched because of Mick. For me, Hulk is a ‘cheap substitute’ for the German fans. As a stopgap, because they didn’t want to scare away the German fan scene after the departure of [Vettel] and [Schumacher].

“I just grew up with Michael Schumacher. After he retired, F1 was just a side thing for me. When Mick came, I watched every race again. Maybe out of nostalgia too. As I said, that’s my feeling with the ‘substitute’.”

In response to this, Frentzen said it’s critical Germany finds some young and upcoming talent to back.

“Every country has its F1 heroes and they knock the fans out of their heads!” he said.

“Germany had left the stools alone for a long time… Now we need the new generations from a German point of view.”

Timo Glock: F1 boom not being felt in Germany

The conversation Frentzen and Floersch engaged with had come about from an article involving 2000s German F1 driver Timo Glock,who had told the German Press Agencyhis thoughts on the current state of the sport’s popularity in the country.

“Apparently, everywhere in the world, people find Formula 1 very interesting,” Glock said.

“It’s dramatic to see that we in Germany can’t benefit from it.”

With three races in the United States in 2024, and none in Germany, Glock said he hasn’t been particularly surprising by the shift in markets.

“The 2021 world championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was an absolute highlight,” he said.

“That was a super exciting season throughout the year, which I think led to a big boom, especially in America.”

He pointed to the fact that investment is coming in from every angle in the United States: “They see that it’s good business and you can make money from Formula 1. They don’t do it for charity.”

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