Sebastian Vettel & Mick Schumacher Count on Multiple BBQ Evenings Together in 2022

Published 09/28/2021, 11:19 AM 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)


Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel share an unexpected yet heartfelt bond that has taken over the F1 paddock. The two Germans reflect the relationship Vettel shared with Michael Schumacher – his mentor and good friend. As the two drivers extend their contracts with their respective teams for the 2022 season, there’s a lot more of the duo seen around.

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Mick Schumacher is surely excited to see more of Vettel next year. Schumacher shared his emotions, divulging in what the pair usually do to unwind.“It’s nice that we are still motorhome neighbors. So I’m looking forward to it and probably one or two barbecue evenings.”

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Vettel too looks forward to heading to the grill with his mentee. “If we stand next to each other with the camper, then there is a bit of time.”

Regardless of the barbeque, Seb is glad to be there for the rookie.

“It is nice that the exchange continues to be active. I have always said that I am open to any tips I can give. Whether they are always useful is another question. But I am happy to give them.” (Translated via Google Translate)

The relationship between the two is one big flashback to what Vettel had with Michael Schumacher. From playing football in the rain to showing the junior around a car. The Vettel-Schumacher story continues.

Sebastian Vettel praises Mick

In the Schumacher documentary, Mick mentions the unfair situation he is in. The inability to look to his father for advice or talk to him about his F1 journey. However, it feels like Michael has Seb as the perfect stand-in.

Vettel has been keeping a close eye on Mick; the Haas rookie hasn’t had an impressive rookie season. Yet, Vettel praises his protege for the journey so far.

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“It’s very difficult with the car. Everyone knows that it is the weakest car in the field. And still, keep calm and show constancy and motivation.”

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

The four-time champion even credits the young driver for facilitating the team. “I think he pushed the whole team forward, even if the starting position is not easy.”

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With eight rounds left in the season, the bond between the two is sure to get stronger. As Schumacher looks to improve his form next season, will we soon see an on-track battle between the two?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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