Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that Mick Schumacher needs support rather than admonishment amid a difficult start to the 2022 season.
Having yet to score a point with a third of the campaign now complete, the son of legendary seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher has received some public criticism from his team boss, Guenther Steiner.
After failing to finish in the recent Canadian Grand Prix on top of expensive crashes in both Monaco and Jeddah, Steiner was very open about he felt about the incidents, having stated that they needed to see how they can move forward.
With teammate Kevin Magnussen putting in some strong performances, it is only making Schumacher's results look worse than they really are.
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Ecclestone: If Michael was here, he would tell Steiner where to go
According to former F1 team boss, Bernie Ecclestone, the younger Schumacher would not be having to deal with this if his father was around to help him.
"We don't know how good or bad the car is," Ecclestone told German media outlet NTV.
"It makes a big difference whether the car suits his driving style or not. He doesn't need people telling him negative things all the time. He needs someone to help him and not criticise him too much.
"If Michael was here, he would tell Guenther where to go, that would help a lot. If he upsets the team and they kick him out, the question then becomes whether another team is ready to take him on. So he's suffering a bit and hoping someone will give him a chance.
"He has the ability, so it's whether there's a team that wants to take him and try to see if he is as good as his dad."
Ecclestone thinks it would be nice to see Schumacher have an opportunity in a different car.
"I would like to see Schumacher in another car, in a more competitive car," he added.
"I would like to see him in the Mercedes of the past. That would be nice! Look at Red Bull for example.
"They take care of their drivers, they try everything and find the best set-up for them. You also see how good the second driver of that team is. They are very good and make sure the car suits their drivers."
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