Things are aligning perfectly for Alfa Romeo at the moment, as far as their drivers’ line-up for 2021 is concerned. Kimi Raikkonen, by the looks of it, will probably give it another shot in Formula One next season before hanging his helmet up for good; while Mick Schumacher looks to be the prime candidate in lining up alongside the Finn.
During an interview, Sebastian Vettel trolled Kimi over not getting along with everyone; however, he believes that Mick and Kimi would get along just fine. Vettel used the opportunity to open up about how his hilarious view of Kimi’s choice of friends.
“Unless you’re an ***, Kimi gets along with everyone,” the German said. “Kimi and Mick know each other for some time now. I think that would be a good pairing. Both could in some way benefit from each other and still learn.”
The Finn rarely engages in a conversation with anyone off track, be it the drivers, his crewmates, or even the media. He is one of the most famous drivers on the Formula 1 grid, yet not all of his fame was earned from his skills on the track. It is his attitude off the track that helped him accumulate a legion of fans.
On the next year’s line-up, Kimi and Mick could be the perfect pair for Alfa Romeo. The Finn’s experience means that apart from racing, he will get to play the role of a mentor to the young German.
Therefore, Mick would be looking to soak up anything and everything that the veteran has to offer come 2021. Eventually, he will be ready for the big fights as the 2022 season commences with the new technical regulations.
Sebastian Vettel seemed to have put a lot of faith in his compatriot. With rumors going around that Mick might make his entry into F1 as a full-time driver next season, Vettel could not be more thrilled.
“I like him [Mick] a lot,” Vettel said. “I hope he can clear a cockpit for next year.” Vettel also mentioned that it would not be fair to “burden him too much” during his first outing in Formula 1.
Mick has always been very clear about the fact that the first season in a racing series is meant for learning and understanding the car. For instance, one would have seen the shift in his performance over the course of his two seasons in F2.
Therefore, Mick may look slow during the beginning of the season, but there are chances that he could give his potential teammate, Kimi, a fight during the latter part of 2021.
(The quotes are translated from German using Google Translate)