Mick Schumacher says there are both “good and bad sides” to following in the footsteps of his seven-times Formula 1 world champion father Michael. 

Schumacher recently became a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy having claimed his first single-seater title in last year’s European Formula 3 Championship. 

In an interview with the FIA’s Auto magazine, the 19-year-old spoke of the admiration he has for his father, who holds the all-time record for the most drivers’ world championship titles, winning seven during spells at Benetton and Ferrari between 1994 and 2004. 

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“I am happy to be the son of the greatest F1 racer of all time,” said Schumacher. 

“I’m happy that he is the greatest F1 racer of all time, and I admire him for that. And even if sometimes it can be a bit difficult, it is what it is. There are good sides to it and there are bad sides.

“Having the support I have from a lot of people all over the world can’t be a bad thing. I am thankful for that.”

Schumacher will step up to compete in Formula 2 in 2019 with leading single-seater outfit Prema as he continues his bid to reach F1. 

Schumacher responds to fake social media images  

Schumacher took to social media to confirm that the widespread circulation of pictures supposedly showing Michael with his son and daughter when they were younger are fake. 

“These photos are often published because they supposedly show me as a child with my father. To clarify: these pictures here do not show me, and neither do they show Gina," he wrote in a post on Twitter

"I'm sorry for the people in these photos. I can only appeal to all media to remove them from their archives."

Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013. 

As part of celebrations for the German’s 50th birthday in January, Ferrari unveiled a special exhibition in Italy dedicated to Schumacher’s racing career. Mick visited the museum last week and shared images of his trip on social media.