Over the years, Mick Schumacher has been climbing up the ladder and is an arm’s length away from Formula 1. Although he is yet to even finish his second season in F2, comparisons between the young German and his father, Michael Schumacher, have already begun. Max Verstappen recently declared that it is not fair to compare the two in terms of their careers in racing.
Speaking to Focus.de, Max offered his two cents on the Mick and Michael issue. “It is of course always difficult to compare a driver with Michael Schumacher. He won so much.
“That’s why I think Mick shouldn’t necessarily be compared to his father. Of course, he’s his son, but he’s Mick in the end too. He has to have his own character, and he has that too But as I said, he has the talent and Mick’s overtaking manoeuvres are pretty good,” the Dutchman said.
Mick missed out on his first session in Formula One with Alfa Romeo on Friday. He was supposed to take part in the FP1 at the Nurburgring; however, foul weather during both the sessions threw a spanner in the works, forcing the FIA to cancel the sessions.
Max Verstappen opined that Mick certainly inherited the talent from his father, who reigned over the F1 circuit for years and ended his career as a 7-time World Champion.
“It’s hard to say, but Mick Schumacher has done well in Formula 2 so far. When he switches to Formula 1, everything starts over again. Formula 1 is of course a different matter.
“But Mick has the talent- I think from his dad. Of course, Ferrari also looks very closely after Mick, and then we’ll see what will happen in the coming years.”
Max also mentioned that despite hearing a lot from his father, Jos Verstappen, he is an independent driver. But he also said that it was his father who helped him grow up to be the driver that he is now.
Similar to Max, Mick has been getting enough support from his uncle, Ralf Schumacher. On multiple occasions, Ralf can be seen backing the F2 driver against unfounded and unjustified criticism.
(The quotes have been translated from German using Google Translate)