‘Quite impossible for Mick to be as good as his dad’

Date published: May 6 2021 - Michelle Foster

Mick Schumacher

Given that his father is a seven-time F1 World Champion, Nico Rosberg says it is “quite impossible” for Mick Schumacher to be “as good” as Michael.

The younger Schumacher is in his first season in Formula 1 and already is making positive headlines.

Although he is racing for Haas, which has arguably the slowest car on the grid, Schumacher has kept his mistakes to a minimum and, at the Portuguese Grand Prix, made a sweeping pass on Nicholas Latifi to avoid a Haas 1-2 at the bottom of the classification.

He is, however, perhaps one of the drivers with the most pressure on his shoulders as fans and pundits alike compare him to his father, Michael Schumacher.

The former Ferrari driver was, at least until Lewis Hamilton won the title last season, the only driver to ever reach seven World titles.

Winning two with Benetton, Schumacher went a five-season rampage with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.

While his son hopes to one day add his name to the list of F1 World Champions, Rosberg says he faces a “tough” time under the spotlight.

“We saw last year, there have been press conferences where there were more journalists around him than around Hamilton,” the former F1 driver told Sky Italia.

“It’s mind-blowing. This gives him a lot of pressure.

“It’s quite impossible for him to be as good as his father, who is the best ever, but everybody compares him with his father, is he as strong as his father, and this is tough.”

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As for some advice as to what to do to improve his game, Rosberg says when he was racing he would look at his team-mate’s data and see where he was faster.

Rosberg, though, had the likes of Michael Schumacher and Hamilton as his team-mates. Mick Schumacher has Nikita Mazepin.

“I used the data a lot,” he explained. “You can learn a lot from what the other driver with your same car does.

“Even if you go really fast, there will always be a corner where the other driver is faster.

“And there you can watch and copy him where he does better than you, seeing if he brakes later or if he uses a different trajectory, you can see everything, so you can use the data to go much faster.”

Additional reporting from Luca Brambilla

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