Why Sebastian Vettel is ‘A Little Sad’ About Mick Schumacher’s Successes

Why Sebastian Vettel is ‘A Little Sad’ About Mick Schumacher’s Successes

The entire paddock has been quite enthusiastic about the possible entry of Mick Schumacher into F1 next season. However, there was always a concern that his father’s achievements might overshadow his own.

However, Mick’s compatriot Sebastian Vettel clarified that Mick will create his own benchmark in the sport rather than ending up under Michael’s limelight.

Speaking to Corriere.it, Vettel opened up on Mick’s F1 entry by 2021. “For me, Mick is Mick, and Michael is Michael,” he said. “He is strong. He will lead the way.”

Mick Schumacher walking around the circuit at the Eifel Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Alfa Romeo’s Mick Schumacher on the circuit wearing a protective face mask with his team ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Unlike everyone else, I don’t connect it to the surname Schumacher because I know what it means,” Vettel said.

Although Mick escaped his junior years in motorsport by racing under a different surname, his upcoming F1 years could be quite hard on him. There is no denying that the young German might be recognized as Michael’s son. However, one good result in the future can turn things around for Mick.

Although Mick’s arrival into F1 did make Vettel delighted, the four-time world champion still had a regret. He also sounded assured that Mick will also have those regrets.

Sebastian Vettel upset Michael will not be there to celebrate Mick Schumacher’s successes

The fact that Michael is in no shape to watch his son celebrate his success in Formula 1 left Vettel upset. “It also makes me a little sad that Michael can’t be here celebrating his son’s successes,” he said. “I don’t know how many other riders would have managed careers like Mick did.”

Michael suffered a life-threatening accident back in 2013, just a year after his retirement from F1. Ever since the accident, Schumacher Jr has been in the pursuit of Formula 1.

Although the 21-year-old might have missed his father’s presence around him on the track, he still is getting enough support from his uncle, Ralf Schumacher.

A Mick Schumacher banner at the Eifel GP
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany -Spectators wait in a stand with a banner in reference to Mick Schumacher before the start of practice Ina Fassbender/Pool via REUTERS

Hence, now, it looks like the efforts from Mick and his family have definitely paid off with Haas F1 likely to announce the signing of the German for the next season. He could, possibly, line up alongside another rookie, Nikita Mazepin.

However, before shifting the focus to F1, Mick has a task in hand that he is looking to accomplish in Formula 2. The young German is keen on getting decent results over the double-header race weekends in Bahrain.

So, will the young German end the 2020 season in a flourish and secure his first F2 championship title? The answer is just days away.