No, the picture above is not of Michael Schumacher back in the days of his youth. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the face of 20-year-old Mick Schumacher, and in racing gear, the spitting image of his father.
However, if like the rest of us, you are wondering why young Schumacher has remained unknown until of late, that is because he took it upon himself to rise through the ranks of motor racing on his own merits and not the fame of his surname. Which in itself, couldn’t have been an easy decision.
Having started his career in the karting scene in 2011, as most in motorsports do, he swiftly moved ahead to ADAC Formula 4 (2015), European Formula 3 (2017) and is racing in the Formula 2 circuit, as of this season, under the banner of Prema Racing.
In the meantime, the pressure on him undoubtedly lays thicker every day, a potent cocktail of the expectations set by his own performance and the legacy of the name that he bears. Add to this that Formula 1 is already beckoning. The week of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019, Mick took to the Bahrain International Circuit for the official F1 test, driving Ferrari’s 2019 SF90 clocking in 56 laps and the second fastest lap for the day. The following day he took to the track again for the F1 test, this time behind the 2019 Alfa Romeo car.
But as his performance on track grows more prominent, enough people are lining up to help Mick realize his fullest potential. For one, Ferrari already seems to have their eyes on the young man. More recently Richard Mille has welcomed Mick into their family of star athletes, not to mention a lineup of elite racecar drivers and racing teams from several disciplines.
As is the norm, Mick will no doubt be strapping a Richard Mille on his wrist when racing from here on. In the announcement made by Richard Mille, the portrait photographs of Mick feature him wearing an RM 016 Automatic Extra Flat. But as in the case of most of Richard Mille’s partnerships, it’s only a matter of time before we see the Schumacher name bestowed unto a racing machine on the wrist.