Nico Rosberg, Formula 1 world champion in 2016 after his father Keke in 1982, has warned Mick schumacher, who makes his F1 debut this year and whose father Michael was a seven-time world champion in this sport, it is not easy to be a “son of”.
“It is not easy being the ‘son of’ and with Mick it will be ten times more difficult because Michael’s time is not so distant and he was much more successful,” Nico Rosberg told Sport1.
Michael Schumacher is together with Lewis Hamilton that last year he was caught by the pilot with the most world titles in history with his seven titles won in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
But Schumi is not the only ‘son of’ on the current grid since Carlos Sainz is the son of a two-time world rally champion (1990 and 1992) and three-time Dakar champion in cars (2010, 18 and 20) and much more modest – two podiums – is the record of Jos Verstappen, F1 driver between 1994 and 2003, Max’s father.
Nico Rosberg, now 35, won the championship in 2016 when he was teammate of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes and immediately afterwards announced that he was retiring from motorsport.
Rosberg warned that Mick would have to deal with redoubled media attention during his first year in F1 and “probably more than Lewis Hamilton.”
“I hope Mick can put that aside and focus on his work, because otherwise it will take a lot of fun out of him,” added Nico Rosberg.
“It takes time and patience. After all, I had to wait seven years to win my first race and eleven to be world champion. We have to take it into account when we evaluate Mick this year, ”said the television commentator today.