The first half of the 2021 season saw – among other reasons of interest – the debut in Formula 1 of Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael. The young German, capable of winning the Formula 2 championship last year – after a decidedly subdued 2019 year – was able to show little of his talent, finding himself driving a car that was not as competitive as the Haas. There was no shortage of errors, especially accidents such as in Monte-Carlo and Budapest in PL3, but not even some flashes of class, such as the qualification for Q2 obtained in France. Driver of the Ferrari Driver Academy for over a year, Mick Schumacher was joined by a very special ‘coach’ for driving: Jock Clear.
The British engineer had previously worked with Jacques Villeneuve and in the ‘Ferrari world’ he has already helped significantly Charles Leclerc. Above all, Clear previously served as Michael Schumacher’s performance engineer during his Mercedes stint. Now his job is to get his son to extract the maximum potential from his leadership. “I’m pretty impressed with his speed this year, to be honest – revealed the same British engineer on the official F1 Beyond The Grid podcast – I said I wouldn’t be surprised if Mazepin passed him sometime, because Mick takes a while to pick up speed. But in reality it wasn’t like that “.
For anyone who has worked with his father Michael, seeing Mick at work is quite peculiar, as Clear himself admitted. “She is very similar to her father in her manner and accent and that’s pleasant enough in itself. Reminds me of the good days. I really enjoyed working with Michael. Mick, likewise, is a pleasant young man to deal with. This is not to be taken for granted. There are many racing drivers who are successful and who do what they do “he concluded.
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