Mick Schumacher says Sebastian Vettel has offered him plenty of advice during his debut Formula 1 season, believing he can learn a lot from the four-time world champion.
Schumacher graduated to F1 in 2021 following his title-winning season in Formula 2 last year, securing a seat with the Haas F1 team.
His German compatriot Vettel has been keeping a close eye on Schumacher’s career having raced against his seven-time world champion father, Michael, between 2010 and 2012.
Vettel has made it no secret of how he looked up to Schumacher during his own career, and has been spotted regularly interacting with Schumacher jnr on race weekends.
Schumacher said he’s already been given a heap of advice from Vettel five races into his rookie F1 campaign, revealing he’s forged a strong friendship with the Aston Martin driver.
“I have a huge respect for him, and obviously, I think that we can call that a friendship, which is very nice for me,” Schumacher said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“He has got so much experience and there are so many things that I can learn from him.
“I think the biggest advice he gave me is really to just never forget why I’m here. And that’s because we love the sport. Once you lose that, you’re in the wrong place.
“So I’m enjoying my life. I’m doing the best thing in the world. I think that it’s great to have somebody like him giving me advice here and there.”
Schumacher has been Haas’ standout performer so far this season, qualifying and finishing ahead of team-mate Nikita Mazepin in four of the first five races.
The Ferrari academy driver explained how a “strong connection” with his Haas F1 mechanics has helped build his confidence race by race.
“The team is a big, big part of my development, but it’s also a big part of my confidence,” Schumacher said.
“I take that confidence from the team that they’re giving me. They have a huge trust in us as drivers. I have a huge trust in my team.
“That bond is building on a very steep level at the moment, and that is going to make those time differences at the end, where you will always find that extra bit of lap time, because you have such a strong connection to the team.
“Even when we don’t see each other, we’re still building on it, because we have meetings behind the scenes that people will probably never see, but they’re there and the work is daily.
“That’s basically what we need to improve and that’s where we will get our strength from, also in the future.”