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Haas driver Mick Schumacher has welcomed comparisons to his father, Michael Schumacher, after completing his maiden Formula One season. The 22-year-old has also explained Sebastian Vettel’s mentor role, similar to how Michael put an arm around the four-time world champion’s shoulder earlier in his career.
Schumacher endured a difficult debut season on the grid whilst driving an uncompetitive Haas car.
His highest finish was 12th in Hungary and he failed to score any points in the Drivers’ Championship.
But he has been tipped to have a promising future in the sport, although he’d do exceptionally well to replicate his father’s record seven world titles.
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Schumacher recently lauded his old man’s achievements and admitted he welcomes comparisons in the early years of his F1 career.
He told Frankfurter Allgemeine: “I have the utmost respect for what he has achieved, all his hard work to achieve his victories and titles. Nothing was easy for him.
“The energy and strength he showed, his focus, always giving 100 per cent at work, impresses me. I really believe I inherited something in that sense.
“I don’t usually compare myself to others. I prefer to go my own way. But I do look for comparisons with my father. I’ve been told that we are very similar.”
Michael Schumacher took Vettel under his wing during his era of dominance, and the German is now good friends with his son.
“He [Sebastian Vettel] helps me a lot, he is my mentor, just like my father was for him. He gives me advice, we often talk,” Schumacher Jr explained.
Schumacher will take the first steps to emulate his father’s success at Ferrari next season after being named as one of the team’s reserve drivers.
And Vettel has encouraged him to follow in Michael’s footsteps with the Maranello outfit, whom he drove for from 2015 to 2020.
He told F1 Insider: “Absolutely. Even though I didn’t have any great success there, I still had some good years. And the brand will always be something special.
“In any case, I wouldn’t advise him against it because of the few things that didn’t work out so well for me.
“People tend to see the glass half empty in memories. I prefer to see it half full, and the positive outweighs the negative.
“Too much grumbling is misplaced because, all things considered, we Formula 1 drivers are all doing very well.”
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