Just like so many following the sport, Sebastian Vettel is also a big fan of Michael Schumacher. He has previously admitted that the racing legend was his idol ever since his karting days.
Quite possibly, it might have been one of Vettel’s reasons to move to Ferrari as well. Just like Schumacher, he would have wanted to win a World Championship in the ‘indomitable scarlet monster’.
Although that dream remains unfulfilled, there are always little moments. And Sebastian Vettel will make an attempt to blow some life into a part of Schumacher’s legacy at the Nurburgring.
The tribute will see the 33-year-old German driver sport a special, customized helmet for the race. It takes us back to October 8, 2000, when Michael Schumacher sealed the title at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
Ferrari boasted of a Drivers’ World Champion for the first time in over 21 years, a sight that was indeed memorable for the Tifosi.
Where the eventual runner-up, Mika Hakkinen, failed to capitalize, Schumacher secured victories in the final four races of the 2000 F1 season. Truly, a dominating way to lift the championship.
Of course, that title win started off a memorable streak for Scuderia Ferrari. Schumacher went on to celebrate four more World Championships between 2001 to 2004.
Vettel most certainly has good memories associated with the icy cold Nurburgring track. The last time F1 held a race there, he won it behind the wheel of Red Bull Racing’s RB9.
But more so, he was happy to see Mick Schumacher in the paddock. The young driver will take to the field with Alfa Romeo, thus making his F1 practice debut.
Vettel was quoted as saying, “I care a lot about him and really believe he can do well. I reckon we will see him tackle some more Friday sessions before the end of the season.
And I think he will be in the paddock on a regular basis next year. I wish him the very best of luck for this rite of passage.”
Indeed, Mick Schumacher will be pleased to have this glowing recommendation. More importantly, though, Vettel will want to give a fitting tribute to his hero with the team he once used to drive for.