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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Schumacher's emotional tribute to stricken father


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The Schumacher name will be front and centre at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, with Mick Schumacher to drive his father’s championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

The all-conquering machine, in which Michael Schumacher won a record 13 races during the 2004 season, powered the German to his seventh and final world championship.

Michael stood on the top step of the podium at Hockenheim four times, in 1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006, with huge crowds flocking to the track to see the local hero in action.

With the future of the race up in the air, it could be the only chance for Mick to drive an F1 car at the historic venue.

Michael Schumacher in action during the 2004 season.

“I think it will be special,” said Mick.

“I have a lot of good memories of Hockenheim, particularly from winning the F3 European Championship there last year, and to drive this car around there on a Grand Prix weekend is pretty amazing. I’m already very excited. I just hope everybody will have as much fun as I will.

“The F2004 is a symbol of great times for F1 in Germany, and I imagine that some of the spectators will have flashbacks to those times. I will do my best to help spark those good memories and I’ll try to make sure that everybody has a great time!”

It’s not the first time Mick has driven one of his father’s cars, having previously tried the championship-winning 1994 Benetton.

“Since the F2004 was such a dominant car it will be thrilling for me to find out how it feels to drive it. It’s going to be exciting to experience the power of the engine, and I am very curious to understand how cars from that era feel on track,” he said.

Mick Schumacher

Mick, who was just five years old when his father raced at Hockenheim in 2004, says he has few memories of the season.

“To be honest, I don’t. Obviously I know what he achieved in the F2004 and that he won the German Grand Prix that year but I think I was too young to take it in,” Schumacher Jnr admitted.

“I’ve seen the highlights but I have to admit I don’t really have any memories of it. I more recall our races at home in the garden!”

Michael hasn’t been seen in public since suffering a severe head injury while skiing in 2013.

The Schumacher name will be front and centre at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, with Mick Schumacher to drive his father’s championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

The all-conquering machine, in which Michael Schumacher won a record 13 races during the 2004 season, powered the German to his seventh and final world championship.

Michael stood on the top step of the podium at Hockenheim four times, in 1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006, with huge crowds flocking to the track to see the local hero in action.

With the future of the race up in the air, it could be the only chance for Mick to drive an F1 car at the historic venue.

Michael Schumacher in action during the 2004 season.

“I think it will be special,” said Mick.

“I have a lot of good memories of Hockenheim, particularly from winning the F3 European Championship there last year, and to drive this car around there on a Grand Prix weekend is pretty amazing. I’m already very excited. I just hope everybody will have as much fun as I will.

“The F2004 is a symbol of great times for F1 in Germany, and I imagine that some of the spectators will have flashbacks to those times. I will do my best to help spark those good memories and I’ll try to make sure that everybody has a great time!”

It’s not the first time Mick has driven one of his father’s cars, having previously tried the championship-winning 1994 Benetton.

“Since the F2004 was such a dominant car it will be thrilling for me to find out how it feels to drive it. It’s going to be exciting to experience the power of the engine, and I am very curious to understand how cars from that era feel on track,” he said.

Mick Schumacher

Mick, who was just five years old when his father raced at Hockenheim in 2004, says he has few memories of the season.

“To be honest, I don’t. Obviously I know what he achieved in the F2004 and that he won the German Grand Prix that year but I think I was too young to take it in,” Schumacher Jnr admitted.

“I’ve seen the highlights but I have to admit I don’t really have any memories of it. I more recall our races at home in the garden!”

Michael hasn’t been seen in public since suffering a severe head injury while skiing in 2013.

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