ON HIS WAY TO F1? Mick Schumacher, son of former F1 driver Michael, is getting closer to following in his father's footsteps. Image: AFP / Ronny Hartmann
Mick Schumacher's manager has played down any talk the 17-year-old might soon be ready for Formula 1.
Mick, the son of the F1 legend and seven time world champion Michael, kicked off a busy schedule in Formula 4 this year with two wins last weekend.
He made his single-seater debut last year but Sabine Kehm, who doubles as Michael and Mick's manager, opted against pushing the youngster into F3 in 2016.
'More experienced, mentally stronger'
Kehm is quoted by the German news magazine Focus: "He is now a year older, has more experience, is focused and has become stronger mentally. Therefore, we believe it is a good thing for him to do another year of Formula 4."
In 2015, Max Verstappen famously made his F1 debut as a 17-year-old, stepping straight out of European F3 - surely Schumacher's next move - to grand prix stardom.
But Kehm said of Mick Schumacher: "Formula one is, of course, somewhere far away, for all of these (Formula 4) guys. It is not an issue that plays a role in our everyday work and thinking.
"It is still too far away for that," she insisted.