Vettel backs Mick Schumacher to replace him at Aston Martin | Racing News

Sebastian Vettel has backed his friend and fellow German Mick Schumacher to replace him at Aston Martin when the four-time Formula 1 world champion retires at the end of the season.
Vettel, 35, announced his retirement on Thursday with immediate speculation over who could be his successor alongside Canadian Lance Stroll in the British squad.
“I have my opinion. I mean, I have a very high opinion of Mick,” Vettel told reporters at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last race before the August break.
“I’m obviously not entirely objective, because I’m very close to him. But I think he’s a great driver. And he’s a learner, he keeps learning when others stall or stop progressing “, he added. the 23-year-old.
“So he has a lot of qualities, but he’s also still very young and doesn’t have a lot of experience.”
Vettel said the decision was up to the team, but he “wouldn’t retain” his opinion if asked.
The German is close to the Schumacher family, with Mick’s father, seven-time world champion and Ferrari great Michael, a childhood hero of Vettel.
Schumacher senior has not been seen in public since suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013.
Vettel has taken on something of a mentoring role for Mick since his compatriot joined the Ferrari-powered Haas team in 2021 after winning the Formula 2 title.
The Ferrari-backed driver has been slow to open his account, unable to score a point last year but finishing eighth and sixth in Britain and Austria this season.
Schumacher is out of contract at the end of the year.

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