Mick Schumacher reveals he still takes tips from his father as he looks set to step up to Formula One next season – a week after FIA president Jean Todt said seven-time world champion Michael IS following his son’s progress from his bed
- Mick Schumacher, currently in Formula 2 with Prema, could join Haas F1 in 2021
- The 21-year-old says he now appreciates the enormity of his dad’s achievements
- But he did emphasise in a documentary that their career paths are different
- FIA president Jean Todt said last week Michael is following his son’s progress
Mick Schumacher has revealed he still uses his father’s tips as he looks set to enter Formula One next season and follow in the footsteps of his seven-time world champion father Michael.
FIA president Jean Todt said last week that Michael, who suffered devastating brain injuries in a life-changing skiing accident in 2013, was following his son’s progress in the strongest indication yet that the F1 legend is conscious – though his condition is still strongly guarded by his family.
Yet Mick, who races in Formula 2 with Prema, is close to making the step-up and though he is beginning to understand the enormity of his father’s achievements, he does emphasise that their journeys to the top are very different.
Mick Schumacher says he still uses tips from his father as he looks set to race in Formula One
His father Michael is a seven-time world champion and is still following his son’s progress
‘Of course I use some of my father’s tips – even from my karting days,’ Schumacher told German outlet RTL, in a documentary about himself.
‘At the same time, we are obviously different people and had different experiences in the junior classes. And you have to drive the cars differently today too.
‘We have a Formula 2 car that weighs 780 kilos, the cars back then weighed 500 kilos. But nevertheless, of course there are some similarities.’
Now he is close to reaching the pinnacle of his sport, Mick appreciates even more how incredible his father’s achievements where, as he looks to join Haas in 2021.
‘What he did was extraordinary,’ Mick added. ‘I realise that more and more every day.’
A young Mick (centre) with his father Michael and mother Corinna (left) before the accident
The seven-time world champion suffered devastating brain injuries in a skiing accident in 2013
Meanwhile ex-Ferrari chief Todt, who enjoyed a hugely successful period alongside seven-time champion Schumacher, regularly visits him and recently said he is ‘still fighting’ to get better.
His health condition remains unknown but Schumacher, who is continuing his long recovery at a luxury $40million villa in Majorca his wife bought three years ago from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, is said to be monitoring his son’s driving career from his bed.
Asked if he was able to follow his son’s progress, Todt told RTL France: ‘Of course he is following him.
FIA president Jean Todt has given an indication that Schumacher might be conscious
Ex-Ferrari CEO Todt (right) visits Schumacher regularly and says he is fighting to get better
The 74-year-old remained coy out of respect for Schumacher and his family’s privacy when asked if he could update the world on how the F1 icon is doing.
‘This is a question on which I am going to be extremely reserved,’ he added.
‘I see Michael very often – once or twice a month. My answer is the same all the time – he fights.’