Michael Schumacher’s son Mick pays tribute to stricken dad by posing in his old F1 Ferrari at Maranello museum
MICHAEL Schumacher’s son Mick has paid tribute to the stricken driving legend by posing in his old F1 Ferrari.
The teen, who is following in his dad’s footsteps as a Ferrari driver, has admitted it’s sometimes “difficult” to be the son of Formula 1’s most successful racer of all time.
Mick Schumacher / Instagram Michael Schumacher’s son Mick has paid tribute to the stricken driving legend by posing in his old F1 Ferrari[/caption]
Mick Schumacher / Instagram He shared photos of his trip to Italy’s Maranello museum[/caption]
To connect with his dad’s legacy, Mick, 19, visited Italy’s Maranello museum which has a special exhibition dedicated to the German champion.
He shared photos of his trip on Instagram, with one snap showing him sitting inside a Ferrari his dad raced.
Ferrari unveiled the exhibition on 3 January to mark Schumacher’s 50th birthday.
“Michael has a special place in the history of Ferrari,” the team said.
RACING CHAMP’S LEGACY
“The museum is decorated with images from the unforgettable years that the seven-time world champion gave to all at Ferrari.”
Schumacher drove for the Italian F1 team for 11 years between 1996 and 2006 and won five of his seven world titles with them.
But the champ suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps on 29 December 2013.
He has not been seen in public since and is receiving care at the family’s home in Gland, Switzerland.
Corinna, his wife, and other relatives said in a statement: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him.”
‘BAD SIDES’ TO BEING SCHUEY’S SON
Mick has since revealed that there are “bad sides” to being Schumacher’s son.
“I am happy to be the son of the greatest F1 racer of all time. I admire him for that,” Mick insists.
“And even if sometimes it can be a bit difficult, it is what it is. There are good sides to it and there are bad sides,” Schumacher told the FIA’s Auto magazine.
Mick was last month confirmed as a Ferrari driver for their academy alongside his commitments racing in Formula 2 next season.
Ferrari boss, Mattia Binotto, said: “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning.
FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
“But we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
Schumacher, who won the European F3 title last season, added: “I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red, being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari Family.
“Again, this is another step forward in the right direction, and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there.
“Be sure I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my dream, racing in Formula One.
“It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.
“At this stage it is however also time to say thank you to my family, friends and partners who supported me all along and helped me arrive at this point.”
Mick Schumacher has been named Ferrari academy driver for next seasonAlamy Live News
Michael Schumacher won five world championships at FerrariAP:Associated Press
Mick Schumacher will drive for Ferrari five years after his dad’s accidentAP:Associated Press
Schumacher was placed in an induced coma for five months after his skiing accidentEPA