(Motorsport-Total.com) – “He’s a great guy,” says Sebastian Vettel. And he means Mick Schumacher. The son of the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is contesting an official training session in a Grand Prix car for the first time at the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring (follow Formula 1 2020 in the live ticker!). And above all, Vettel wishes him “that he enjoys it”.
He doesn’t need any tips to give Schumacher, said Vettel at the press conference. The young Schumacher is already a professional enough for that. “The important thing is that he has fun. The rest will come by itself.”
The Eifel weather, however, could spoil Schumacher’s mood during his work for Alfa Romeo, suspects Vettel: “I think it will not be easy tomorrow to shoot yourself directly with an unknown car on a route that is not unknown, but under unknown conditions.”
Vettel praises Schumacher’s maturity
That’s why you shouldn’t have too high expectations of the 21-year-old, says Vettel. On the other hand, he praises Schumacher for his maturity and character, which is “even more impressive than the results”. “I think with the attitude and approach, with the calm and maturity, he will achieve a lot in the next few years.”
In the short term, Schumacher Vettel could even steal the show: Formula 1 Friday at the Nürburgring may be more about the rookie than the veteran. But Vettel says it doesn’t bother him, he even “doesn’t care”.
The four-time Formula 1 world champion explains: “I think he deserves his chance. And hopefully we won’t just see him [im Freitagstraining am Nürburgring], but also on another Friday this year. And then hopefully in a regular place for the next year. I would wish him that. “
What Vettel Schumacher still trusts
Because his training at Alfa Romeo is “probably only the starting point” for “a great and successful career,” says Vettel. For example, he could well imagine seeing Schumacher driving alongside Kimi Räikkönen in 2021. “That,” says Vettel, “would be a good pairing. Both could in some way benefit from each other and still learn.”
The father’s former title rival and the world champion son, that would work, says Vettel. He remarks mischievously, “I think everyone can get along with Kimi – unless you’re an ass.” But that was out of the question for Schumacher, because he was a “great guy”, as Vettel emphasized. And: “I really like him.”
This is probably also because Vettel describes Michael Schumacher as his “hero”. “We would all wish that Michael could be here this weekend to see his son making this step. That is the saddest thing. Mick would deserve it,” says Vettel.
How the comparison between father and son turns out
But he doesn’t want to make a direct comparison between father and son. Reason: “The time when Michael grew up cannot be compared with today, but you can see certain parallels. Above all, how things are tackled.”
Mick Schumacher is “very carefully considered” and “very, very mature and considered” for his 21 years, says Vettel. “That is also what shaped Michael and what helped him.” And that will look good on Schumacher even in bad weather at the Nürburgring.
“If you consider the weather,” says Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc, “it will probably not be an easy debut. But he has nothing to prove because he has already proven everything in the Formula 2 season. I’m sure he will do a good job. “
Vettel says anyway, “this is just the beginning for him and that there is still a lot to come in the next few years. I definitely wish him that.”