Silver for the brand new backup pilot of the Silver Arrows!
Mercedes co-driver Mick Schumacher (23) misplaced to Matthias Ekström (44) within the Champions Race in northern Sweden. He is a two-time DTM champion, has pushed rallycross and has rather a lot of expertise below his belt. An enormous achievement for Mick!
In the Race of Champions, champions from numerous motorsports compete in a snow race in Piet Havsbad, northern Sweden. Pilots in the identical vehicles compete in opposition to one another in knockout mode. Until the winner is introduced.
Photo: Race of Champions
This yr the 2 Germans are juniors with Schumi. and Sebastian Vettel (35), corresponding to present Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas, seven-time World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb (48), W-Series champion Jamie Chadwick (24), LeMans legend Tom Christensen (55) and Formula 1 legend David Coulthard (51) and Mika Hekkinen (54).
Mick beat robust competitors to the finals. Interestingly, two German drivers Mick and Vettel met within the semi-finals. So it was clear: just one German might be a finalist. Only one of the 2 associates can do that. The two pilots get alongside very nicely and are good associates. During his first two years in Formula 1, Vettel was Mick’s unofficial mentor. But Vettel makes a mistake on the snowy observe, and his protégé makes it to the ultimate. Before that, Mick, who like Mick gained the Formula 2 championship, was dominated by IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist (31) and Felipe Drugovic (22).
Ekström hugs the German after the race and provides an interview subsequent to Mick Schumacher: “For me, that is extra particular than victory. I had two finals right here when Michael (Schumacher, ed.) was right here. It’s nice competing with Mick. It’s emotional for me as a result of I’ve nice recollections of that occasion with Michael. It’s particular to see him within the last.” Mick was additionally praised: “He’s an enormous expertise.”
Before the race, the pilots held up a banner that learn, “Keep preventing Michael – we’ll miss you.” Shumi usually competed within the winter event.
The craziest one-two within the second division
Mick Schumacher shall be Mercedes’ successor in 2023 after two years as a daily driver in Formula 1 at Haas. Here’s the place he’ll go after the Champions League: from February he’ll be coaching for the Silver Arrows within the gymnasium.