Mick Schumacher explains Sebastian Vettel F1 surprise amid Michael Schumacher connection

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Mick Schumacher cannot believe that he will be racing against Sebastian Vettel in his debut F1 season. Schumacher, 21, has joined the Haas team for the 2021 campaign. The German will be making his debut 30 years after his dad Michael Schumacher in 1991.

Meanwhile, Vettel will be racing for the newly-branded Aston Martin team from next year after leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season.

Schumacher Jnr says he knows fellow German Vettel better than any other driver on the grid and has previously stated how he has sought advice from the 33-year-old.

And Schumacher says it will be weird going up against him next season.

The 21-year-old told BILD: “Of course it’s funny, now we’re racing against each other. I didn’t think I’d ever say that.

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“But I’m looking forward to it!”

“Seb is the one I’ve talked to the most and who I know best.

“Of course there are also guys in Formula 1 who I already know from karting. But I’ve known Seb the longest.”

Vettel has previously explained how he admired Schumacher Snr while growing up and has tried to help his son Mick in recent years.

“I am a Michael fan,” Vettel said earlier this month.

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“I’m happy to help where I can, Mick is a great guy, I have a very special connection to his father.

“From my side, I really like him, we get on well, and I’m happy to tell him everything I know. I watched his father winning a lot more races than he could have watched me win! I would be happy to help.

“The way I look at him, I see him as a person, where I can help him in his life or on track with some of the things I went through in my career.

“I’m happy to help, but I think it’s important for him to find his own path, follow his own way. As much as it helped me that Michael had things to say when I asked, I’m trying to do the same thing to him.”

Schumacher Jnr will inevitably draw comparisons with his dad but he says he doesn’t mind it.

“I think it’s okay, it doesn’t bother me at all when I get questions and they compare me,” he added.

“Of course I have to go my own way. But my father is to me the best thing that has existed in the sport, why then should I want to distance myself from him?”

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