Sebastian Vettel has said that he does not think it is fair for people to compare Mick Schumacher against his father.
Having won the European Formula 3 title last year, Schumacher has stepped up to Formula 2 for 2019 and is currently 14th in the Driver’s standings with a best finish of fourth at the Red Bull Ring.
Schumacher – who drives for Prema – has also been added to Ferrari’s Driver Academy for this year and although it is taking time for him to be able to consistently fight at the front of Formula 2, Vettel thinks that Schumacher should be given space to learn and grow as a driver.
“I think it’s crucial that he’s given the time he needs.” commented Vettel.
“It’s fair to judge him and his racing like every one of us has been judged and will be judged but it’s not right to measure and compare too much to other people and to his father.”
Although Vettel is keen for his icon’s son to be given time, he does think that Schumacher’s presence in Formula 1 would be good for Germany now that only he and Nico Hulkenberg are the only German drivers on the grid.
“Obviously to have Mick at the doorstep of F1 and one day hopefully joining would be huge and hopefully a big boost for Germany.”
“On top of that, despite the name, he’s a great guy, he’s a nice kid so I think our fingers are crossed for him.”
Schumacher will drive his Father’s 2004 championship winning Ferrari in a demonstration run at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim this weekend.
The Ferrari F2004 dominated the 2004 season, winning 15 times throughout the year and securing Michael Schumacher his seventh and last world championship.
Schumacher will drive the F2004 before qualifying on Saturday and before the driver’s parade on Sunday.