2016 FIA Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has advised Mick Schumacher to “not lose the joy of driving”. This comes especially as the pressure builds around him in Formula 2 and his link to Ferrari.
The deal with the Scuderia will supposedly include two outings in F1 in the post-race tests in Bahrain and Spain this year, whilst also racing in the F2 Championship for 2019.
Rosberg has said that because the pressure on the German is rising “It’s important that he does not lose the joy of driving.” As quoted by Die Welt newspaper.
“We should also be careful that we do not put too much pressure or too many expectations on him.”
Schumacher said, “It’s always been like that,” of the pressure. “It’s normal for me.”
“If you take someone who is not used to it, and put him in my position, maybe it would be different. But I’ve had time to grow into it and it’s helped me a lot.”
Rosberg worries that the media and those involved in Formula 1 are putting too much pressure and expectation on the back of Michael Schumacher’s son.
Rosberg, who also followed the footsteps of his father, warns the Formula 1 world about the pressure on the 19-year-old’s shoulders.
“It can be difficult if the whole of Germany looks at him, and it is very important to him that he does not lose the pleasure of racing,” he tells German Welt.
“We have to be careful that we do not put too much pressure on him and start to expect too much from him,” says Rosberg.
Schumacher’s Formula 3 title win moves him into Formula 2 and much closer to his dream. As he gets closer, they’ll be a lot more pressure put on by fans across the world, let alone in Germany.