Ross Brawn has declared he is “optimistic” that Mick Schumacher will enjoy a successful Formula 1 career.
F1’s motorsport managing director enjoyed a close working relationship with Mick’s father, Michael, in which they teamed up for eight constructors’ World Championship titles with Benetton and Ferrari. Schumacher also won the drivers’ crown on seven of those occasions.
Brawn has known the family for a long time and is naturally taking a keen interest in Mick’s career, with the 21-year-old trying to clinch the Formula 2 Championship title before a likely step up to F1 with Haas for next season.
Schumacher jnr holds a 22-point lead in the F2 standings with four races, all in Bahrain across two weekends, remaining.
He is expected to be named, along with F2 rival Nikita Mazepin, as a replacement for Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in 2021.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Brawn likened the expectation on Schumacher to that of another World Champion’s son, Nico Rosberg, but pointed out that in 2016 he emulated what his father had achieved 34 years earlier.
Reminded that he had known Mick since he was a child, Brawn said: “Yes, and obviously his sister Gina-Maria too. You could see a competitive spirit in both of them – she expressed it with horses, he with karts.
“It’s been fascinating to watch him grow. In the last two seasons he has been very promising.
“We don’t know how he will fare in F1 but he’s incredibly mature and well balanced.
“I’m optimistic, he has qualities and skills. Obviously he has a lot of pressure on him, there’s no doubt, but so far he has managed it well.
“Nico Rosberg made it. Having a World Champion father like Michael, the legacy is even heavier, but I keep my fingers crossed.”
Brawn also gave his insight into the “different personalities” of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, who are now tied on seven World Championships apiece.
“Michael was very focused on the family, away from the track he was very quiet. Lewis has a higher profile, an intense social life between music, fashion and so on,” said the 67-year-old.
“We are talking about two truly exceptional drivers, points of reference for entire generations.
“Different in many things but obviously united by an incredible talent. You can win one or two World Championships, but when you get to seven it’s something incredible.”