Mick Schumacher is relying on his dad’s “genes” and believes he has the “best teacher” – despite finishing near the back in his first two races
The German has not had endured a tough start to his F1 campaign, finishing 16th on the 20-car grid in both the Bahrain and Emilia Romagna GPs.
And he has a bigger task than most as he is continuing the legacy of his dad, seven-time Drivers’ Champion Michael.
Driving for Haas with controversial racer Nikita Mazepin, he was actually the last driver to cross the finish line in Bahrain due to four crashes.
While he did manage to improve in Italy, Schumacher was two laps behind winner Lewis Hamilton and only ahead of his Russian team-mate.
But the 22-year-old believes he has something to help him this season that none of the other racers have on the grid.
He said: “I think in general you have to say that you can’t make everybody happy, and I know my worth, I know what I have accomplished to be here.
“Having that surname doesn’t only give me the surname, it gives me potentially also the genes so I think I have a very good package and maybe the best teacher in the world.”
Schumacher has taken the step up to F1 this season having raced in karts aged nine before working up the ranks over the last seven years.
He won Formula 3 in 2018 before taking the Formula 2 title last year and test-driving at Abu Dhabi for his current team at Abu Dhabi last December.
This has seen the 22-year-old follow a similar career path to his dad Michael, who rose up the ranks before joining F1 in 1992.
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Over 15 seasons, he only finished three seasons outside the top three as he became a dominant race for Benetton and Ferrari.
Despite their contrasting starts to their F1 careers, though, the younger Schumacher managed to outperform his dad on his debut in Bahrain.
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