Ferrari: Mick Schumacher drives in father’s title-winning car
Mick Schumacher has landed a seat on the Formula One grid with American team Haas next season – and Sebastian Vettel, a close friend of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, will be on hand to offer the highly-rated youngster advice.
Indeed, all eyes will be on Schumacher Jnr when the son of Formula One legend Michael makes his debut at the 2021 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old will drive for Haas alongside Nikita Mazepin in 2021, bringing the Schumacher name back to F1 for the first time since his father Michael retired from the sport in 2012.
Schumacher has a growing reputation in the motorsport ranks and could wrap up the Formula Two championship in Bahrain this weekend.
And the spotlight will be on him when he arrives in F1, due to the fact that his legendary dad is regarded as one of the finest drivers of all time.
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Schumacher was the most successful driver in Formula One history with 91 wins and seven world titles until Lewis Hamilton rewrote the record books this season
Vettel grew up idolising Schumacher Snr and their relationship developed into a friendship as Vettel progressed up the racing ladder and made it to Formula One.
The pair even shared the grid when the older German made his three-year Mercedes comeback.
Vettel said he had always been able to count on Michael for advice – and wants to do the same for Mick.
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“Obviously, I have a very special connection to his father,” Vettel said ahead of this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
“It’s a shame that Michael is not able to witness Mick’s progression in the last years and his step now into Formula One.
“From my side I really like him, we get along well and I’m happy to tell him everything I know.”
When asked about comments Schumacher junior had made saying Vettel was to him what his father had been to the 33-year-old, he said: “I’m flattered. Obviously, I watched his father winning a lot more races than he could have watched me win.
“I think it’s very important for him to find his own path and follow his own way.
“But surely as much as it helped when Michael had some things to say when I asked and gave me advice, I’m trying to do the same to him.”
Schumacher, 51, has not been seen in public view for almost seven years after a skiing accident in the French Alps left him with devastating brain injuries.
Schumacher Jnr will pay tribute to his father by racing with the number 47 next season – the seven representing the number of titles his father won.
He is also set to be handed his grand prix debut in opening practice for Haas at F1’s season-concluding race in Abu Dhabi a week on Friday.
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