The junior Schumacher was racing until now under his mother's maiden name Betsch so as to avoid undue attention, but has now hit the grid under the Schumacher name for the first time for the opening of the ADAC Formel 4 series - Germany's national F4 championship, powered by Abarth. The series kicked off this weekend at Oschersleben with three races: Mick finished ninth in the first race on Friday (first among the rookies), twelfth in the second race on Saturday (third among rookies), but took the checkered flag and the top step on the podium in the third race on Sunday. Not too shabby for a rookie. Not too shabby at all.
Although we're sure he inherited a good deal of his talent from his father, Mick had to make his Formula 4 race debut this weekend without the benefit of his dad's coaching, as the champ continues to recover far away from the limelight from his skiing accident late in 2013. That doesn't mean he's without wise counsel, though: German media reports that Sebastian Vettel has been counseling the young driver in his father's stead.
A close prodigy of Michael's, Vettel teamed up with the senior Schumacher to win the Nations' Cup at the Race of Champions six years running, and is now following in his mentor's footsteps by moving to Ferrari with multiple world titles already under his belt. In young Mick's corner, Vettel is reportedly giving his mentor's son some advice while arranging contacts in the business.
Also competing is Harrison Newey, son of legendary Red Bull engineer Adrian Newey who designed all of Vettel's championship-winning cars. Harrison finished seventh in the first race and thirteenth in the second, but dropped down to 27th following poor luck in the third race.