F1 4-time world champion and Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he built a special bond with Michael Schumacher. This bond was forged during the latter stages of Michael’s career and the younger German said that Michael’s advice was of huge value to him.
Vettel said: “I really miss Michael a lot.
“Not only because of his tremendous experience, on and off the track but also because he was more brilliant and sympathetic than people can imagine.
“He had so much talent and driving instinct, but he always thought carefully about what he did.
“Every time I could talk to him, he was very helpful.
“His advice was very dear to me, especially in the last three and a half years of his career.”
Vettel started second on the grid at today’s Monaco Grand Prix and ended the race in the same position. He admitted that he would never be able to surpass Schumacher’s countless records. However he said that he wants to emulate one part of the F1 legend’s career.
He said: “Michael Schumacher was an enormous source of inspiration for me, but all his records are out of reach for me.
“Something I want to do like him is to become world champion with Ferrari.
“At the same time, I also know that I have already won four world titles and that I’m really lucky.”
Schumacher suffered catastrophic head injuries in a high-speed skiing accident in the French Alps four years ago. Understandably, his family have been fiercely protective of his privacy ever since with few updates on his medical condition being issued.
Michael and Sebastian have teamed up on multiple occasions during the famous Race of Champions. The two have even won on a few occasions. In all honesty, after Schumacher, Vettel is Germany’s next superstar. Michael could not have picked a more worthy successor.