Mick Schumacher has been receiving a lot of accolades lately, after his F3 title win, and the latest person to believe in his abilities is Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver though had some high praise for the 19-year-old.
“He’s doing a really great job and he’s a really great kid as well. He’s come and been part of our team in a couple of weekends, like last year and he’s very attentive and he’s got great talent like his dad had.”
However, his next set of comments may not go down too well with fans of Michael Schumacher, or anyone for that matter. “Partly because of the name but secondly he’s doing a great job – he obviously has a lot of talent like his dad had,” reiterated Hamilton.
“Even if I had a kid that wants to race, and even if he’s no good he can make it to F1 because of the name. Michael is named the greatest driver of all time, he’s got the most titles so there will 100% be a Schumacher back in Formula One.”
He added that the name of Schumacher will be positive for the sport, rather than a detriment. “I don’t think his name will be a burden in my personal opinion. I think it could be great for the sport,” he said.
Now, some may say that it is too early for Schumacher Jr. to make the jump to F1 but if there is any precedent to go by, it is that of his father himself. Schumacher Sr. drove one race for Jordan in 1991, which was enough to convince Flavio Briatore to sign him for Benetton.
The German legend went on to win consecutive championships with them in 1994 and 1995. Mick has the same racing genes and the fact that he won the F3 title in only his second attempt is a good sign of his abilities.
Though F1 is a level up from that, it may not be a bridge too big to burn for someone who seems confident enough about himself.