Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he will do his best to try and help Mick Schumacher prepare for his Formula 1 debut next season. 

Earlier this week, Schumacher was announced as having been signed on a “multi-year contract” to drive for Haas from the 2021 F1 season. 

Vettel, who has been a fan of Schumacher throughout his career, said he would be more than happy to help assist Mick’s career in any way he can.

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Seven-time F1 world champion Schumacher suffered serious brain injuries in a skiing crash in December 2013 and has not been seen in public since. 

“I”m happy to help where I can,” Vettel said. 

“Mick is a great guy, and I have a very special connection to his father. It’s a shame that Michael is not able to witness Mick’s progression in the last years and his step now into Formula 1.

“So from my side, I really like him. We get along well and I’m happy to tell him everything that I know.” 

The four-time world champion said he wants to be able to help 21-year-old Schumacher in a similar manner to how his father advised him during his earlier career. 

“I watched his father winning a lot more races than [Mick] could have watched me win,” Vettel continued. 

“The way I look at him is I see him as a person where I can help him in his life or on track with some of the things that I went through in my career. 

“I think it’s very important for him to find his own path and follow his own way. But surely as much as it helped when Michael had some things to say when I asked and he gave me advice, I’m trying to do the same to [Mick].”