Michael Schumacher Wanted Sebastian Vettel to Be the One Breaking His F1 Records

Published 10/04/2021, 3:36 AM EDT
IMOLA, SAN MARINO ITALY: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the qualifying session for the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


One of the greatest friendships that we have seen in Formula One is between Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Both think highly of each other and used to praise each other whenever the opportunity arises.

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There was immense respect between the two, and an old video that has recently resurfaced only reinforces that. Speaking in an interview sometime before 2013, the seven-time world champion explained how his countryman is a worthy titleholder. And if there was anyone in the world of Formula One who could break the countless records Schumacher set, Vettel was the top contender.

Michael Schumacher is happy with the way Sebastian Vettel has performed in F1

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Schumacher had faith that Vettel could go on and break records in the sport.

He said, “Great job, very consistent look at his teammate, that is your reference point you got to take. I mean, he won all those races thirteen this year, I think. Mark Webber, he won none in the end if I am right, that is pretty shocking.

“Glad I am not his teammate.”

“But, definitely, he is the world’s true champion, and I am really happy for him. If somebody can break all these records, then I prefer him to be than somebody else,” Schumacher explained.

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Vettel is helping Michael’s son, Mick Schumacher in F1

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Vettel and Schumacher were great friends, and now, with Michael’s son Mick on the gird, Vettel is guiding the young German in his first year. He hopes to help him wherever he can, but can understand that every car is different.

As quoted by ESPN, Vettel said, “I am obviously friends with his father and his father is my hero. We get along really well and I’m happy to help with stuff that maybe I can help with. In the driving sense it’s always difficult, every car is different and every environment is different.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

With a few more races left this season, Vettel hopes to help Schumacher Jr in his rookie year and wishes to see him become a better driver on the grid for next season.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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