Mick Schumacher says he considers it an honour to be compared to his seven-time world champion father Michael, insisting its never been “a problem” for him.
The German is stepping up to Formula 2 this year with Prema Racing after clinching the FIA European Formula 3 title in 2018 with the Italian outfit.
Schumacher is gunning for a graduation to Formula 1 in the near future and is no stranger to dealing with constant pressure due to his surname, but the 20-year-old stressed he has no issues with comparisons to his father.
“Being compared to my father was never a problem for me,” said Schumacher in a 2019 F2 season preview posted by Prema.
“It’s pretty simple, for me being compared to the best driver in F1 history is the goal you want to achieve.
“To have that as my idol, and my father, is something very special. I feel honoured to be compared to him because I can just learn and try to improve.”
Schumacher experienced his first taste of F2 machinery during pre-season testing, impressing with his ability to adapt to the cars characteristics immediately.
Heading into the 2019 campaign as a rookie in the series, Schumacher outlined his targets and expectations for the season ahead.
“The step itself isn’t that huge [from F3], it’s more understanding the tyre at 100 percent and I think that will be the most difficult part,” he said.
“We have a lot more downforce and a lot more speed, so we have to work the car a lot more. It’s a good challenge.
“I can learn so much from Ferrari because they have so much experience. I want to achieve the maximum I can. The first impressions were so heart-opening in welcoming me into the family, which was always a part of my family. The combination of both was very positive and I’m very happy.
“I feel 110 percent ready and there’s no pressure. My goal for this year is to learn as much as possible and gather all the information around me and work from as many people as I can.”