Mick Schumacher says he’s developed a genuine friendship with Sebastian Vettel, and one that has led the four-time world champion to dispense a lot of good advice to the Haas rookie.
Vettel enjoyed a good relationship with Mick’s father, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, when the pair raced together in F1 from 2010 to 2012.
Vettel considered the F1 legend as a mentor and a friend, and at the outset of his son’s career at the pinnacle of motorsport, the 53-time Grand Prix winner was happy to help and guide the young man’s efforts.
“I’m happy to help where I can because he’s a great guy and obviously I have a very special connection to his father,” Vettel acknowledged earlier this year.
“From my side I really like him,” he added. “We get along well and I’m happy to tell him everything that I know.”
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Mick has previously described Vettel as a role model for who he has “huge respect”. But over time, the relationship has evolved into a strong and useful friendship.
“There is a lot advice he has given me,” said Schumacher. “Most of it is secret because we’re in a competition sport.
“But I have a 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.
“The best advice [he gave me] is 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.
“I am enjoying my life, I am doing the best thing in the world so I think it’s great to have someone like him to give me advice.”