‘Did Not Think That I Would Ever Say That’ – Mick Schumacher on Dueling Mentor Vettel in ‘21

Published 12/28/2020, 2:39 AM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Mick Schumacher of Germany and Alfa Romeo Racing talk in the Pitlane during a weather delayed FP2 during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


From Michael Schumacher to now Mick Schumacher, time flies quickly in Formula 1. The seven-time world champion stormed to some famous victories in the past, and his son will now start his first chapter in F1. And  Sebastian Vettel, a big Schumacher Senior fan, will also now race against Mick in the 2021 F1 season.

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The 33-year-old German, however, has expressed his intention to look out for Mick as a mentor in the sport. He even greeted and talked to the Ferrari junior whenever he met him in the F1 paddock.

However, the ‘battle of Germans’ on track serves as a fascinating spectacle to watch for viewers all-round. The newly recruited Haas F1 driver is looking forward to challenging the veteran driver, come 2021.

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Mick Schumacher has known Sebastian Vettel for the ‘longest’ time now

In an interview with BILD, and as quoted by Motorsport-Total, Schumacher stated, “It is of course funny, now we are racing against each other. I did not think that I would ever say that. But I’m looking forward to it!” (translated via Google Translate)

The F1 paddock can always seem strange and unfamiliar to young drivers aspiring to make their mark. However, in Vettel, Mick has a senior figure to look up to for any kind of help and assistance that he needs.

SCARPERIA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: Mick Schumacher of Germany prepares to drive the Ferrari F2004 of his father Michael Schumacher before the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Mick continued, “Seb is the one I’ve talked to the most and who I know best. Of course there are also guys in Formula 1 who I already know from karting. But I’ve known Seb the longest.”

Schumacher will have a lot to learn in his first season in Formula 1

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The 21-year-old comes with a lot of hope, promise, and of course, the responsibility of furthering the legendary surname. As he takes his first steps in F1 with Haas, he will try to learn as much as possible, and then use it on the track.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Haas’ Pietro Fittipaldi during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Mick already has a good racing reputation coming through the junior level ranks. His championship title win with Prema in the F2 division this year documented his desire to win.

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Granted, there are going to be huge expectations from Mick. However, the need for patience is also important. In the pursuit of becoming a successful F1 driver, he will always have help from a certain four-time F1 champion in doing so.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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