In the turmoil surrounding Mick Schumacher’s future with the Haas team, former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone regrets the absence of father Michael at the racing driver’s side.

After a number of accidents in the first races of the season, Haas team boss Guenther Steiner had publicly ticked off the 23-year-old. “If Michael was here, he would show Günther the ropes. That would help a lot,” Ecclestone said in an RTL/ntv interview. Record world champion Michael Schumacher had closely accompanied son Mick on his first steps as a racing driver.

“I would give up everything just for that”

Mick Schumacher had also publicly regretted several times that his father could no longer be there to advise him since his tragic skiing accident. There was so much to talk about, Mick Schumacher had said in a Netflix documentary. “I would give up everything just for that,” he said.

Michael Schumacher had suffered a serious accident while skiing in the French Alps in 2013. He continues to recover from the severe craniocerebral trauma he suffered when he fell on a rock, isolated from the public in the company of his family. Details about the 53-year-old’s state of health are not known.

Mick Schumacher is still waiting for his first world championship points in his second Formula 1 season. He is currently in a difficult situation, Ecclestone judged. “If he upsets the team and they kick him out, then the question is: is another team willing to take him on? So he suffers a little bit and hopes someone will give him a chance,” the 91-year-old said.

Ecclestone believes team boss Steiner’s criticism of Schumacher is wrong. “He needs someone to help him and not criticise him too much,” said the long-time Formula One managing director.