Mick Schumacher on track to become F1 star like his dad, says Ferrari legend Michael's old mentor Ross Brawn

MICK SCHUMACHER has been tipped to follow father Michael's footsteps in Formula One.

Ross Brawn, who worked closely with Michael Schumacher as he won his seven world titles at Benetton and Ferrari, believes young Mick is on course for an F1 seat of his own.


Mick, 21, leads the Formula 2 championship in his second year at the sport's reserve level.

And the German took to the Mugello circuit in his dad's title-winning Ferrari F2004 for a special display ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix.

Brawn wrote in his F1 column: "It was wonderful to see a car close to my heart – the Ferrari F2004 – get another outing in the hands of Mick Schumacher on Sunday.

"Michael was a force of nature in that car, winning his seventh world title, and it seems Mick really enjoyed his latest demonstration run in it.

"Mick himself is driving superbly at the moment in Formula 2, and is leading the championship after another solid weekend in Mugello.

"Keep it up and he’ll surely be on the F1 grid soon."

Ferrari Academy star Mick is shooting for an F1 seat while his father continues his recovery from a skiing accident in 2013.

Michael has not been seen in public since suffering serious brain injuries in the off-piste crash while skiing with his son in the Alps.

His wife Corinna, as well as Mick, daughter Gina-Marie and a team of specialist nurses, is looking after the 51-year-old in Switzerland.

Brawn, 65, has opened up on his relationship with the Ferrari legend in a new Sky docuseries.

He told Race to Perfection: "I don't know of anyone who worked with Michael who had a bad word to say about him.

"Lots of people who raced against him had a different opinion but nobody I know who ever worked with Michael ever had a bad opinion about him because of his integrity, his commitment, his human side.

"He was a very strong team member of any team he was part of and it's a tragedy what's happened but he's a lovely human being."

Last week, former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt provided an update of Michael's condition after paying his old driver a visit.

He said: "I saw Michael last week. He is fighting.

"My God, we know he had a terrible and unfortunate skiing accident which has caused him a lot of problems.

"But he has an amazing wife next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too.

"All I can do is to be close to them until I am able to do something, and then I will do it."

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