Michael Schumacher’s son Mick Schumacher made his official debut recently, on the track where his father Michael won 15 years ago. Schumacher senior won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position in a Ferrari one-two 15 years ago and now his son is set to take over the legacy forward.
Michael Schumacher suffered a life-threatening injury in an accident while skiing, that turned his life upside down, December 2013. Since then he was put into a medically-induced coma for six months to avoid potential brain issues. Then he was shifted to his home for further treatment and as of 2016, he has been unable to stand or walk.
While his son continues to make the racing legend proud, another F1 legend, four times champion and current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel had some kind words for Mick. “Obviously, with the name and being the son of Michael, there’s certainly some links and expectations,” said Vettel.
“The way he has developed in the last years, he deserves where he is now. Now we should give him the time and the peace to do his job.” Mick Schumacher made his debut finishing eighth and sixth in the two races. His father still holds the record of 91 Grand Prix wins, had a golden period with Ferrari from 2000-2004 where we won five titles in total.
He left Ferrari in 2006 before returning with Mercedes from 2010-12. He has not been seen in public since the skiing accident occurred. Michael turned 50 earlier this January.
Coincidentally, Mick joined the Ferrari Academy in the same month and he was the only debutant on track in the first session that was hit by rain, followed by this season’s second Grand Prix held on Sunday. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso also participated in the race. He was forced to leave Formula One at the end of last season. Alonso was then spotted in a McLaren, testing tyres for Pirelli.