VIDEO: Heartening Video Shows How Sebastian Vettel Continues to Relive His Old Tradition With Michael Schumacher

Published 09/01/2021, 6:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


The Belgian GP is far from forgotten; more so because of the fun on the paddock than the rain that caused it. The most enduring moment, however, took place in the Haas garage where fans spotted a four-time world champion with a rookie, as Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher played some football together. Soon, fans realized a sense of deja vu.

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On a day where Mick wanted to honor his father, his match with Sebastian Vettel was a nod to the legend as well. Michael Schumacher, too, brought out a football when the rain-delayed his races. Additionally, a young Vettel used to be his football partner. Watching Vettel carry on the tradition with Schumi Jr brought warmth to the cold, rainy day.

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Michael Schumacher had made his F1 debut at Spa 30 years ago. For his first run at the circuit, Mick honored his father. Along with replicating Michael’s helmet, he also wore a t-shirt with ‘For Seven’ printed on it. The small gesture was both smart and touching.

Having the race taken away from him because of the rain, Mick still managed to carry on the Schumacher name in Belgium. Not in the way he wanted it, but he pulled it off.

The Vettel-Schumacher link

Seb is to Mick what Michael was to him- a mentor and friend. Michael Schumacher was Vettel’s idol growing up. A fellow German, the driver aspired to be like the legend. Eventually, Michael and Seb became friends; Vettel is presently very close to the Schumacher family.

With Mick’s initiation into F1 this season, Vettel had hoped to return the favor. “I’m happy to help, but I think it’s important for him to find his own path, follow his own way. As much as it helped me that Michael had things to say when I asked, I’m trying to do the same thing to him.”

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The initial mentorship has blossomed into a captivating friendship, one where Mick reciprocates the respect. Per Planet F1, he once said, “I have huge respect for him and I think we can call that a friendship, which is very nice for me. He has got so much experience and [there is] so much I can learn from him.” 

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Mick had also revealed the most pertinent advice Sebastian Vettel gave him. “The biggest advice is really to never forget why I am here, because we love the sport, and I guess once you lose that, you are in the wrong place.”

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The Vettel-Schumacher revival is something we love to see. Looking at the long road ahead of him, we hope to see Mick truly follow in his father’s tire tracks.

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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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