Schumacher: Vettel giving me lots of F1 advice in good friendship

Mick Schumacher says Sebastian Vettel has been giving him plenty of advice through his rookie Formula 1 season after striking up a good friendship with the four-time world champion.

Schumacher: Vettel giving me lots of F1 advice in good friendship

Schumacher made his F1 debut in 2021 with Haas after winning the Formula 2 title last year, joining Vettel as the only other German driver on the grid.

Vettel has taken a keen interest in Schumacher’s career, having raced against his seven-time world champion father, Michael, between 2010 and 2012, and looked up to him during his own early career.

Vettel and Schumacher have been spotted talking a lot throughout the season so far, often interacting in the media pen and during the driver parade that returned in Monaco last weekend.

Schumacher revealed that Vettel has given him “many” pieces of advice in the early part of his F1 career, and felt there was plenty he could learn from the Aston Martin driver.

“I have a huge respect for him, and obviously, I think that we can call that a friendship, which is very nice for me,” Schumacher said.

“He has got so much experience and there are so many things that I can learn from him.

“I think the biggest advice he gave me is really to just never forget why I'm here. And that's because we love the sport. Once you lose that, you’re in the wrong place.

“So I'm enjoying my life. I'm doing the best thing in the world. I think that it's great to have somebody like him giving me advice here and there.”

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21

Photo by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

Schumacher has led Haas’s efforts through the early part of the 2021 season, qualifying and finishing ahead of team-mate Nikita Mazepin in four of the five races.

The German driver explained how his confidence is being built up through a close relationship with the Haas team, with trust flowing in both directions.

“The team is a big, big part of my development, but it's also a big part of my confidence,” Schumacher said.

“I take that confidence from the team that they're giving me. They have a huge trust in us as drivers. I have a huge trust in my team.

“That bond is building on a very steep level at the moment, and that is going to make those time differences at the end, where you will always find that extra bit of lap time, because you have such a strong connection to the team.

“Even when we don't see each other, we're still building on it, because we have meetings behind the scenes that people will probably never see, but they're there and the work is daily.

“That’s basically what we need to improve and that's where we will get our strength from, also in the future.”

shares
comments

Related video

Aston Martin "clawing back" performance in 2021 F1 season
Previous article

Aston Martin "clawing back" performance in 2021 F1 season

Next article

The radical transformation that pre-dated Renault’s F1 triumph

The radical transformation that pre-dated Renault’s F1 triumph
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Plus

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Autosport in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022