Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel stated he hopes to see Michael Schumacher’s son Mick racing in Formula One subsequent 12 months after the younger German makes his follow debut on the Nuerburgring on Friday.
Schumacher, 21, is main the Formula Two championship and can participate in the primary session with Alfa Romeo earlier than handing the automotive again to Italian Antonio Giovinazzi for the rest of the Eifel Grand Prix weekend.
“He deserves his shot this weekend and hopefully we’ll see him not only tomorrow but another Friday this year and then hopefully in a car in a race seat next year,” Vettel informed reporters on Thursday.
“That’s what I wish for him. Obviously, he’s having a great season, he’s leading the Formula Two championship and I hope he can seal a seat for next year.”
Vettel, in his final season with Ferrari earlier than switching to Aston Martin (Racing Point) in 2021, grew up with the older Schumacher as his idol.
The 33-year-old described the seven-times champion’s son, a Ferrari Academy driver, as “a great kid”.
“I really like him and I’m sure he’s going to go a long way and do well. So this is probably just a sort of kick-off for him,” he stated of the follow.
Vettel additionally began his F1 profession in the same approach, participating in follow with BMW Sauber on the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.
He made his race debut in 2007 with the Swiss staff, who are actually Alfa Romeo.
Ferrari staff mate Charles Leclerc stated chilly situations on the Nuerburgring meant it might not be the simplest of weekends for Schumacher, whose father has not been seen in public since struggling head accidents in a 2013 snowboarding accident.
“Speaking to him, I think every time he tried a Formula One car it was always in the rain so it won’t change much for him. It is going to be a tricky session but he doesn’t have to prove anything,” stated the Monegasque.
“I think he has proved everything he had to in Formula Two this season,” added the 2017 Formula Two champion.