Michael Schumacher’s son Mick heads to Grand Prix circuit for the first time as he prepares for his F1 debut
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick is heading to the Grand Prix circuit for the first time as he prepares for his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain tomorrow.
- Mick Schumacher, 22, is preparing for his Grand Prix debut in Bahrain tomorrow
- It comes three decades after his illustrious father’s first race for Benetton in 1991
- Michael Schumacher’s condition remains unknown three years after the skiing accident
The son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher prepares for his racing debut tomorrow as he continues his father’s legacy.
Mick Schumacher left for the Bahrain circuit yesterday during the first two practice sessions of the new F1 season in his Haas car.
The sessions marked the return of the Schumacher name nine years after the German retired with seven world titles and three decades since his debut at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix at the same age as his son today-22.
Mick’s father has not been seen in public since 2013, when he suffered a devastating brain injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps.
Haas driver Mick Schumacher, left, prepares for his Grand Prix debut tomorrow in Bahrain
The condition of the Ferrari Great has since been kept a well-kept secret at the request of his wife Corinna.
He would receive 24-hour care in their family home in Switzerland.
Speaking about how his dad feels about his impending bow before his first day in Haas ‘racing seat, Mick remained wary and replied:’ Obviously it’s a very personal question and not a question for me to answer.
‘In terms of family, I am alone here. I have my group around me and we will take on that task of entering my first Formula 1 race.
‘I got into a go-kart when I was two and a half. I tried different sports, football, ice hockey, but there was never anything that made me feel like racing and I never felt like I wanted to do anything else.
So I pursued it and we took it to a more professional level when I was 12. Then I started racing internationally and it was a decision I made with my dad. It took a long time, but I’ve always wanted this. ‘
Mick, pictured with his seven-time F1 champion dad Michael, said it was a ‘private question’ about how his dad is feeling before the race.
Michael Schumacher suffered a devastating brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013 and his condition has remained a well-kept secret ever since.
Mick eventually finished the second session in 18th place for American Haas, ahead of another practice session and qualifying later in the day.
Updates on Michael Schumacher, who won five world titles for Ferrari and his first two with Benetton, have been scarce since the accident in 2013.
Mick Schumacher finished 18th in the second practice session, prior to qualifying later in the day
In 2019, the family released an update on his 50th birthday, assuring its millions of fans that they are ‘doing everything humanly possible’ to help him recover.
Last year, it was suggested that he would undergo stem cell surgery, which was canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
In September, Zurich-based neurology specialist Professor Erich Riederer said in a documentary for French TV channel TMC that he doubted the racing legend would ever fully recover.
He said, ‘I think he’s in a vegetative state, which means he’s awake but unresponsive.
He’s breathing, his heart is beating, he can probably sit up with help and take baby steps, but that’s all.
Michael Schumacher won seven world titles with Benetton and Ferrari before driving for Mercedes on their return to the sport
‘I think that’s the maximum for him. Is there any chance of seeing him as he was before his accident? I really don’t think so. ‘
Former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa admitted that Schumacher was in a ‘tough spot’, adding: ‘I know what he is like, I have information.
Most important of all, we know his situation is not easy. He is in a difficult phase, but we have to respect him and the family. ‘
Jean Todt, a close friend of the seven-time champion from their time with the Italian racers, gave a more positive update, claiming that they were talking to each other and that he was aware.
He added: ‘I saw Michael last week. He’s fighting.
“But he has a wonderful wife next to him, he has his children, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and the best for the family.”