FIA President and former General Manager of Scuderia Ferrari from 1994 to 2007, Jean Todt, was a key figure during Michael Schumacher’s glorious period with the Italian team, which resulted in five world championship titles with the Maranello side. The French motor sport executive has now spoken out on on Michael’s son and his future, in the hope that Mick Schumacher will follow his father’s footsteps in Formula 1, as he continues to impress in the lower levels of motor racing.
Having known son Mick all his life, Jean Todt is keen for the 17-year-old not to be weighed down by his famous surname: “Mick is a wonderful boy. I can only ask everyone: do not put the boy under so much pressure.” – Todt told German news agency Sport-Informations-Dienst GmbH (SID) – “Mick is going to go on his way and should not be constantly compared to his father. The boy loves racing and he has already shown what he can do in Formula 4. He should be left alone to continue developing.” – Jean Todt added.
The young driver, who will make his debut in Formula 3 racing in 2017, has previously been linked to a junior role with the Mercedes F1 team, but Scuderia Ferrari have also expressed a keen interest, as Massimo Rivola, manager of the FDA, told Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport a few weeks ago. Mick Schumacher makes the step up to F3 after finishing runner-up in both the Italian F4 championship and the ADAC F4 championship in 2016. The road to the Formula One grid could still be a long and winding one for for Mick, however, with several other drivers ahead of him in the “queue” for a shot at one of the two Ferrari race seats currently occupied by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.