MUST SEE: Incredibly Wholesome Moment Between Vettel & Schumacher After Portuguese GP

Published 05/03/2021, 3:37 PM EDT
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)


It is no secret that Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher already share a special bond. Their common nationality and Michael Schumacher, especially, bonded the two together even before the latter’s foray into F1. And it was on full display in Portimao as they shared a heart-warming moment right after the race.

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While it is common to see Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz wave each other on the cool-down lap, Vettel and Mick showed that they were not far behind either as they joined the party by taking part in this ritual.

And it didn’t end there as they met again in parc ferme after the cool down lap. This time, Mick walked up to Vettel, who was sitting in his stationary car, and fist-bumped him.

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If that doesn’t melt your heart, then nothing will.

Vettel and Mick share a special relationship because of the Michael Schumacher connection

Vettel grew up idolizing Michael Schumacher. His heroics in the red of Ferrari also motivated Vettel to make the move from Red Bull to the Italian outfit. Michael’s mentorship was integral during the early stages of Vettel’s career.

So, he wants to reciprocate that with Mick – “We have a special relationship. Obviously there is one person who connects us. I’m offering all the help I can.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Earlier this year, Vettel also spoke of his sadness at Michael not able to be present for Mick’s F1 venture. But it also means that he has to try to be the wise figurehead for his compatriot.

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“I became close friends with Michael over the years and as much as I’m looking forward to having Mick on the grid, and he deserves his place, I’m also partly sad because my friend Michael is not here to witness the great achievement of his son,” Vettel continued.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Mick Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari in the Paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“Even more so then, I’m happy to help out in whatever way you want to put it, as guidance, help, just to be there for him. We get along. He’s a great kid. I’m sure we will have a bit of time through the year to spend together.”

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We can see Schumacher Junior’s career going places with Vettel’s counsel.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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