Published On: Thu, Mar 28th, 2019

Mick Schumacher: Sebastian Vettel reveals all on test as McLaren driver reveals ‘sympathy’ | F1 | Sport

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The son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher will drive next week in Bahrain as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his father.

And Vettel, who has known Mick since he was a child, believes he has the speed to make a good impression.

“Obviously with the name and the son of Michael there’s certainly some expectation, but to end up in Formula 1 you need to prove that you have the speed,” the F1 title contender said.

“So far he has done really well and deserves his chance.

“Now we should give him time to do his job.

“It’s not easy as it is for him but, on the other hand, he’s used to it, so we’ll see.

“But for sure it’s big excitement for the test.”

Schumacher, 20, will drive for Ferrari on Tuesday before Alfa Romeo in two days of testing in Bahrain.

And McLaren driver Carlos Sainz says he has sympathy for the youngster having to live up to the benchmark his father set.

“I have a lot of sympathy for Mick,” Sainz Jr told Sky Sports.

“I know a bit of the pressure he’s going through this season and what is to be the son of – which is a bit of a pain sometimes to be called all the time the son of, the son of, the son of.

“You want to make your own name and I’m sure he’s trying to do the same.

“He keeps proving he’s good, he keeps proving that he has his chances for Formula 1, and no one has given that to him.

“He deserves that because of his talent and the way he has developed as a driver.

“I wish him all the best for this test.”

F1 returns this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The race gets underway at 4.10pm BST on Sunday.

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