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Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public for seven years following a severe brain injury he sustained on a skiing trip to the Swiss Alps. His son, Mick, is set to compete in F1 next season after earning a seat with Haas.
Mick Schumacher would have “loved” to be able to talk to father and Formula 1 legend Michael after earning himself a seat with Haas for the upcoming season.
That is according to former world champion Jenson Button.
Mick, son of seven-time former World Champion Michael Schumacher, won the 2020 Formula 2 title with the Ferrari Driver Academy.
He will now follow in his father’s footsteps by competing in Formula 1, with Haas offering him place alongside Nikita Mazepin in an all-rookie team.
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And Button admits that it would no doubt have been an emotional moment to receive that call, especially given his father’s health situation supposedly not allowing them to talk freely.
“That must have been pretty emotional for him when he learned he actually got the Haas drive,” he told PlanetF1.
“When you are racing you just close the visor on your helmet and it’s just you, the car and the road, but it must have been very emotional thinking about his dad.
“I’m sure he would have loved to have spoken to him about that moment, but sadly I don’t think that’s possible at this moment in time.”
Schumacher, 21, is not known for starting quickly in a new rank, having finished down in 12th in his first season in F2.
But Button thinks he has the qualities to stand out immediately at the top level, especially given his surprising team-mate Mazepin.
“It’s great he is in Formula 1 and he seems like a really nice kid. He looks like a hard worker as well, so looking forward to seeing how he does,” Button explained.
“He’s got an interesting team-mate who has had a lot of negative press but Mick is the complete opposite to that guy I think, so I think he will shine.”
Mazepin finished fifth in last season’s Formula 2 Championship, and was a surprise choice from Haas.
In December last year, the Russian posted an Instagram story in which he appeared to inappropriately grope a woman’s breasts.
Haas condemned the video, labelling the video “abhorrent”, while Mazepin issued a statement of apology.
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