LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Mick Schumacher walks down the pits lane after completing his first public test drive. Image: AP / Jens Wolf
OSCHERLEBEN, Germany - Michael Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, has called for calm and realistic expectations as the seven-times Formula 1 champion's son Mick stepped into the media spotlight with a Formula Four test.
Kehm, who is also managing the 16-year-old's first steps on the motorsport ladder, said: "My message is to be realistic with expectation.
"This is Mick's very first year in a formula series. He has to learn a lot of new things and will have a lot of new experiences because the difference between karting and formula cars is quite big.
'GIVE HIM TIME'
"Give him time...don't over-react in terms of expectations and just have him go step by step. Of course he will try and do his very best but he also has to learn a lot. This is really just the start of it."
Mick Schumacher has joined the Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing team in the eight-race German Formula Four series that begins soon.
His team mate will be Harrison Newey, 16-year-old son of multiple championship-winning Formula 1's designer Adrian Newey.
A large number of reporters and television crews were present during the testing session on Wednesday (April 8), with some reports suggesting as many as 100 had sought accreditation for the test session at the Oscherleben circuit, about 190km west of Berlin.
Michael Schumacher, the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time, suffered severe head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident in France and is continuing his rehabilitation at home in Switzerland.