This weekend saw the hottest item in Motorsport eclipsed by another who many hope will be a star of the future. It is said you can hear Lewis Hamilton around corners in the paddock by the clamour which surrounds him, yet even the triple world champion was eclipsed in terms of demand as a 17 year old took his first steps inside the Piranha club.
Michael Schumacher Jnr was in town for his first visit to a Formula One event and one paddock old timer described the sound of his arrival as ‘regal’. Mick, as he is known to his F4 racing fraternity, is the son of Michael Schumacher, who for many F1 observers and fans across the globe – IS F1 royalty.
The English speaking media were instructed not to request interviews, because none would be given and there was a respectful distance kept by the cameras and broadcasters alike.
“He is a remarkable young man,” commented Mercedes boss Toto Wolff adding; “He is well educated, friendly and modest – that is all what you wish from a teenager. Not something you see nowadays very often. “
Those who raced against Michael Schumacher Snr may cheekily suggest that this list of qualities clearly demonstrate Mick has been heavily influenced by his Mother.
Mick is competing this season in Formula 4 and is currently is lying 2nd in both German and Italian championships, with 6 wins from 24 outings.
Manager of father and son, Sabine Kehm told the Cologne Express: “The next logical step [for Mick Jnr] is Formula 3, as he will soon be having a test.”
Unlike Max Verstappen, a year his senior, Mick Schumacher is making less waves in his race career and under the watchful eye of Sabine Kehm will now progress incrementally.
Given the response young Schumacher received over the Hockenheim weekend, he is already box office in Germany and amongst the F1 travelling circus. The question is, does he have what it takes to make it all the way to motorsports highest echelon on talent? Or will his name open doors which otherwise would remain closed?