MOGYOROD, Hungary – While Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, there was another driver with a famous Formula One last name who wound up stealing the headlines.
Mick Schumacher, the son of all-time F-1 champion and wins leader Michael Schumacher, scored his maiden race win during a Grand Prix weekend with a victory in the Formula 2 sprint race at the Hungaroring.
The 20-year-old, who started from the pole by virtue of an eighth-place finish in the F-2 feature race on Saturday, held off Japan’s Nobuharu Matsushita all the way through the 28-lap distance.
The younger Schumacher made a set of medium-compound Pirelli tires last to the checkered flag, securing the first win for a Schumacher family member on an F-1 event weekend since Michael’s last victory in 2006 at the Chinese Grand Prix.
“I was always trying to keep [Matsushita] a bit behind, especially in the last sector, where mostly going into turn one is the easiest and most probable overtaking opportunity,” Schumacher noted. “I tried to have a good exit out of the last corner every time which worked pretty well. He got pretty close when he had the DRS, but in general I was trying to take care of my tires, especially when those two [Matsushita and Sette Camara] were fighting.
“I tried to push to get away so that I’d stay out of DRS (range), but then also tried to look after the tires so that if Nobuharu came back … then I still had some tire [life] left.”
A member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Schumacher drives for the leading Prema Racing team in the feeder series to F-1.
He tested a Ferrari F-1 car in April, but has struggled during his first F-2 season and sits 11th in points after his first victory. Schumacher’s previous best was fourth in Austria.
While widely expected to move up to F-1 in the future, the son of the sport’s greatest driver isn’t worried about when or how soon such a move might happen.
“Only time can tell,” Schumacher told the BBC. “Having the first victory in F-2 is a great thing. I need to work a lot on myself. Whether I go to F-1 next year … or in two years or maybe three, I don’t know.
“I will do my best and try to learn as much as possible, so that when I do (make) the step, I will be ready and able to feel comfortable.”
Nicholas Latifi won Saturday’s F-2 feature race.