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Thu, 21 Mar, 2019Joanita Wibowo

Mick Schumacher: "Being compared to my father was never a problem for me"

Mick Schumacher: "Being compared to my father was never a problem for me"

Mick Schumacher says he has no problem being compared to his father, Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

Speaking ahead of his first Formula 2 season, Mick – who is turning 20 tomorrow – said the comparisons with the seven-time Formula 1 world champion are an "honour" rather than a burden.

"Being compared to my father was never a problem for me," Mick said in a new video interview released by the Prema team.

"Being compared to the best driver in F1 history is the goal you want to achieve and to have that as my idol and my father is something very special."

Mick added, "I feel honoured to be compared to him because I just learn and try to improve."

Very little has been heard about Michael since his 2013 skiing incident, but Mick has continued to rise into prominence with his own racing career. The young German is driving for the Prema team this year after winning his first major title at the European Formula 3 series in 2018.

Mick, who joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in January, also talked about moving from F3 to F2 racing. "The step itself isn't that huge from F3 … it's more understanding the tyre at 100 percent," he said. "That will be the most difficult part … It’s a good challenge."

Mick will begin his first Formula 2 campaign in Bahrain next week.