Nico Rosberg believes that Mick Schumacher will make F1 life “10 times harder” than any other son who was a driver – because his father was so successful.
If anyone can put themselves in the shoes of a 21-year-old German, Rosberg will get closer than most as he also followed in the footsteps of the World Cup parent Formula 1.
But in his case, Keke Rosberg captured the drivers ’title just once, in 1982, but Michael Schumacher did so on a seven-time record.
That reflects the media pressure and attention Mick will receive as he begins his first F1 campaign with the Haas team, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28th.
“Being a‘ son ’is not easy,” Rosberg, who went on to become a World Winner himself in 2016 and retired immediately, told F1-Insider.
“And with Mick it’s again 10 times harder because Michael’s days were not so long ago and he was even more successful.
“Media coverage will be very good, initially perhaps even greater than Lewis Hamilton. I hope Mick can put that aside and focus well on his work – otherwise it will take away a lot of the fun.
“The media won’t give him time, but he has to give it to himself. It will take time and patience. After all, I had to wait seven years for my first race and 11 years to win the title. You have to consider if you want to evaluate Mick this year. “
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As for his own view of his famous name, Schumacher jnr does not see it as a psychological burden – on the contrary, if anything.
“I never said it was pressure, I don’t think I’ll ever say it,” said the reigning Formula 2 champion. “I am very happy to carry that surname and I am very pleased to bring that surname back to F1.
“I’m very proud of him, I’m happy to have him. It inspires me and it motivates me every day to work as hard as I can and as hard as I can. ”
There will certainly be no pressure from the Haas team for Schumacher to deliver results immediately – they are realistic about their plans for 2021 when point finishes are expected to be minimal.
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