Himself the son of a world champion, Nico Rosberg warns that as Mick Schumacher prepares to comply with in his legendary father’s tracks the strain can be “ten occasions harder”.
Greater than most some other sport, through the years Formulation 1 has seen sons, and even grandsons, comply with within the tracks of their fathers… with various success.
In 2016, Nico Rosberg emulated Damon Hill in profitable the Formulation One World Championship, like his father, and forward of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, which sees a younger Mick Schumacher – son of seven-time world champion, Michael – make his debut, the German warned of the big strain his countryman can be beneath.
It’s not simple to be the “son of”,” Rosberg tells F1 Insider. “With Mick it’s once more ten occasions harder as a result of Michael’s days weren’t that way back and he was much more profitable.
“The media consideration can be nice,” he continues, “initially in all probability even larger than that of Lewis Hamilton.
“I hope that Mick can put that apart and focus on his job ,” he provides, “in any other case it takes away numerous the enjoyable.
“The media will not give him time,” warns Rosberg, who was Michael’s teammate at Mercedes for 3 seasons following the German’s return to F1 in 2010. “It takes time and endurance. In any case, I needed to wait seven years to win my first race and even eleven years to win the title. It’s a must to hold that in thoughts if you wish to fee Mick this yr.”
After all, Mick’s case will not be helped by the truth that he heads into the season with a automotive that could be a carryover of the lower than spectacular 2020 model and which is able to take pleasure in little or no growth because the American crew focusses on 2022.
Having made a headline grabbing debut with Jordan – definitely so far as qualifying was involved – by the following race Michael Schumacher was within the Benetton, which had already received one race and achieved one different podium go to within the palms of Nelson Piquet.