Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, is considered a possible successor to Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari. But he will have to wait a little longer.
- Sebastian Vettel * leaves the F1 racing team Ferrari .
- Mick Schumacher , son of Michael Schumacher , dreams of Formula 1 - and the Ferrari cockpit.
- Will he one day succeed Vettel * in the traditional Italian team?
Munich / Maranello - "That was ... wow! The Tifosi are very involved with their hearts and that is something that is very beautiful. ”
Mick Schumacher's light blue eyes shone when the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher spoke to ZDF about those moments in Milan on September 4, 2019.
The Tifosi cheered the young racing driver at Ferrari's 90th anniversary in Piazza del Duomo in front of the Milan Cathedral.
Mick Schumacher: "It is my dream to drive at Ferrari"
“It is my dream to drive at Ferrari . Being part of the academy brings me a lot closer to this dream, ”continued Schumacher junior. Father Michael, the most successful driver in Formula 1 history, had won the Drivers' Championship for Scuderia five times in a row between 2000 and 2004 .
Leaves Ferrari after this season: Sebastian Vettel.
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Will son Mick Schumacher follow him into the Ferrari cockpit at some point? Unexpectedly, it has now a place in Formula 1 Tea m of Italians freely, Sebastian Vettel * and the "red racer" go after this season separate ways, it said on May 13, 2020th
But just one day later, Ferrari presented Carlos Sainz as the successor - including a contract for the years 2021 and 2022.
Mick Schumacher: (For the time being) not a successor to Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari
Even though Mick Schumacher is now part of the Ferrari Drivers Academy, the youth development program from Maranello.
Schumacher junior, who won Formula 3 in 2018 , has also already completed test drives for Ferrari and its partner team Alfa Romeo in Bahrain, and in July 2019 he drove his Hockenheimring * in the 2004 World Champion car in the run-up to the German GP Father over the route.
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Career highlight 1️⃣1️⃣ out of 1️⃣2️⃣: On 27 July 2019 I drove what I think is one of the coolest F1 cars ever! It was the Ferrari F2004 of my father, in front of a cheerful crowd in Hockenheim. Definitely one of the highlights of my career so far! @scuderiaferrari @ferraridriveracademy #essereferrari @keepfighting
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But Formula 1 is also "too early for the German in view of the 2021 season," said team boss Mattia Binotto in December 2019 in Maranello: "It will be important to have drivers with some experience, because the cars will be completely new . "
Sebastian Vettel: Mick Schumacher is already getting tips from Ferrari drivers
The end of Sebastian Vettel * - without a world title in the "red racer" - has not changed anything. “If I have the chance, I'll talk to him and get a tip or two. He went through all the categories that I also have, "said Mick Schumacher on ZDF about his relationship with the four-time world champion from Heppenheim:" He has a lot of experience in Formula 1 . He can help me a lot. "
After completing his Formula 3 title in 2018, he still has to prove himself in Formula 2 ; in the 2019 season, the Prema Powerteam managed to get mixed results.
He took a win, but also zero points twelve times - in the end he was ranked twelve. In 2020 he actually wanted to add more.
"The aspiration must be to drive the top if not at the top," he said recently - but then the corona crisis came and slowed down the son of the world champion.
Formula 1: Mick Schumacher reminds of father Michael Schumacher
“I feel ready in Formula 2 as a racing driver, I feel more grown up. In Formula 2, it is due to the fact that it takes so long that the tire is completely different, that you have a much larger team, that you have pit stops, "he told ZDF about his development:" There are many points, which you have to get used to, which is why it is more difficult to be directly involved. "
Formula 1 legend: Michael Schumacher.
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In his testimony and racing spirit, he is very reminiscent of his father, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bad ski accident in December 2013 and has not appeared in public since then.
Ferrari: Mick Schumacher adores father Michael Schumacher
He adores his father just as "like many others", he told ZDF : "For me he is my hero ( in German: Held, d. Red. ). We do the same, have the same passion. We are similar in many ways. "
This obviously also applies to talent on the German race tracks, at the Nürburgring and in Hockenheim.
The Formula 1 in Germany in crisis, the number of spectators at Hockenheim near Mannheim and Heidelberg took steadily, the Nurburgring - situated in the Eifel, near Bonn - has struggled for years with financial difficulties.
Hockenheim: Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher drives his father's racing car, the Ferrari F2004, across the race track.
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“It was cool, not just the car, but all the people. It was a really cool thing to drive around in the car, especially at home, ”said Mick Schumacher about the show rounds at the 2004F at the Hockenheimring in July 2019 before the Formula 1 race.
Formula 1: Mick Schumacher at some point in the Ferrari cockpit?
In his Formula 3 title , he had won all three races at the Nürburgring , at least two second places in Hockenheim - Schumacher junior: "I guess the home crowd drove me."
A drive that foreseeably leads to Formula 1 in the Ferrari cockpit ? Scuderia positions him strikingly offensive on public appointments and on social media - certainly an indication.
And according to motorsport-magazin.com , he already has the required super license. Mick Schumacher's dream lives on.
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