Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has praised his friend Mick Schumacher’s work ethic in his first ever season in Formula One – Could we see the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher surprise us all next year?
After winning the Formula Two title in 2020, Mick Schumacher was been offered a seat in the American Haas team for 2021 alongside Russian driver Nikita Mazepin. In his first season in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel has been a mentor to Schumacher, giving him valuable advice in the same way that Schumacher’s father did a few years ago when Vettel was also starting his career.
Although Mick Schumacher has not scored a single point this season in a car that has not received any development since the 2020 season (the Haas team has chosen to focus all its resources on its 2022 F1 car), Vettel was keen to stress the work ethic of his young compatriot this year.
“I think it’s difficult to have a judgement because the car was really far away. But for those who are watching closely – and I have been watching closely – I think he has done an incredible job with this car, he has even reached Q2 twice this year.” said Vettel.
“He had good performances in the race, he managed to fight some of the other cars that are faster and he even stayed with some cars in front that are supposed to be much faster.
“That’s a great effort. More than that, he has been a real lift for the whole team. I think the progression for this team since the beginning of the season has been low because they had no development and they stayed way behind.
“But I think if you look at the whole season, Mick has been enthusiastic and very happy to work. He was always one of the first, if not the first, every day to come to the paddock and one of the last to leave.”
As the Haas team spent the 2021 season developing their car for the 2022 season, Sebastian Vettel concluded by adding that he hoped his compatriot would have a car worthy of his performance next year. Certainly next year, the rules could shake up the midfield significantly, bringing Haas much closer to the front.
“He has shown a great interest in trying to move the team forward, so apart from a few small mistakes he may have made on the track that happen in your first year, I think he has done a great job.
“I really hope he gets a much better car next year to show what he can do.”