WATCH: Sebastian Vettel Helps Mick Schumacher With His Haas F1 Car in Heartwarming Gesture

Published 06/20/2021, 2:34 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher share a bromance unlike no other drivers in F1 (Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz are a close second!). Vettel has taken Mick under his wing ever since the latter’s entry into F1. And that heartwarming student-teacher bond was on full display at the French Grand Prix.

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After the race, the two shared fist bumps with each other. Then the two Germans engaged in some deep conversations, possibly about the technicalities of their individual races. But the moment of surprise came when they went a step further and did what no one else really does!

Mick took Vettel to his parked Haas F1 car and then began discussing something with him. Vettel took interest and was pointing towards bits of the car.

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At a closer glance provided by Mick’s onboard camera, we can see him removing his headrest and explaining something undisclosed about his car.

Vettel is no stranger to inspecting the cars of his rivals for more information. And with his engineering skills and experience, he sure would have provided Mick with some valuable inputs. Alas, the Haas car needs it, with it being the slowest on the F1 grid.

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F1 drivers are notoriously known to give each other a cold shoulder. After all, most of them are fighting for the same space on the tarmac. Hence, Mick and Seb’s close-knit bond is a bit of a rarity in the paddock. And the reason for that is simple, yet heartwarming.

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Mick, as we know, is the son of F1 legend and seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher. Vettel grew up idolizing his German compatriot. Not only that, but he also got the special opportunity to share the grid with him during 2010-12.

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)

Michael took Vettel under his wing. Hence, the latter has a soft side for the Schumachers. And Vettel has been in contact with Mick since his junior motor-racing days. He is to Mick what Michael was to him.

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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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