Michael Schumacher gave Sebastian Vettel “very dear” advice before the Formula 1 legend’s accident, it has emerged as the current Scuderia Ferrari German driver revealed his special bond with the “inspirational” seven-time Formula One world champion. Michael Schumacher suffered a terrible head injury while skiing in the French Alps four years ago. His colleague Sebastian Vettel revealed a special bond between the two racers.
The Ferrari driver said: “I really miss Michael a lot. Not only because of his tremendous experience, on and off the track but also because he was more brilliant and sympathetic than people can imagine. He had so much talent and driving instinct, but he always thought carefully about what he did. Every time I could talk to him, he was very helpful. His advice was very dear to me, especially in the last three and a half years of his career.”
Sebastian Vettel, who will race this weekend in Monaco in a bid to shorten the distances between him and Mercedes’ pilot Lewis Hamilton, confessed his dream is to equalise at least one of the records achieved by German legend Schumacher. He added: “Michael Schumacher was an enormous source of inspiration for me, but all his records are out of reach for me.”
Schumacher won five titles in a row with Scuderia Ferrari between 2000 and 2004. Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, won four times in a row the F1 championship between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull. He later moved to Ferrari in 2015, and has since failed to reclaim the title, but he looks determined to get his fifth title this year. Speaking about Schumacher’s records, he added: “Something I want to do like him is to become world champion with Ferrari. At the same time, I also know that I have already won four world titles and that I’m really lucky.”
He confessed he has beautiful memories of the German driver, who has always been one of his idols. Vettel said: “In a way, I met two Michael Schumachers. One, when I grew up when I was a boy, was like meeting God. And then I experienced him as an adult when I was all grown up myself. One time I met the champion, the other time the person Schumacher. I have experienced what Michael embodies, and then who he really is.” – he added.
Sebastian Vettel then dived into the legend’s personality, saying he was always in control of himself: “I’ve never seen him be out of it, except maybe when he’s had a few drinks. I never saw him angry. I never heard him say anything that did not make sense. He always had everything under control. It did not matter if he was sitting in a kart, in a buggy at the Race of Champions or in a GP racer – with him you always had the impression that he is master of the situation.”
Michael Schumacher remains in recovery with his family fiercely guarding his privacy with few updates on his condition.