Mick Schumacher remembers his father before his Australian F1 debut

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Melbourne (AFP) – Mick Schumacher’s legendary father Michael holds the Albert Park lap record and he fondly remembers traveling to Melbourne as a child to watch his father in action.

Now a Formula 1 driver himself, the 23-year-old will follow in his footsteps when he takes part in the Australian Grand Prix for the first time this weekend.

“I’m very excited, I can’t wait to discover the track and discover the city as well,” said the Haas driver.

“I came here with my dad and saw him race in Melbourne, it was really cool, and I’m excited to be driving here myself and having my own Formula 1 driving experiences in Australia.”

Schumacher is lucky to be in Melbourne after escaping unscathed from a horror crash during qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

He had to be pulled out of his wrecked car after cutting a curb at high speed and airlifted to hospital for precautionary tests, before being ruled out of the race.

The Swiss-born German said afterwards that he “felt good” and that his attention is now fully on conquering Albert Park, just like his seven-time world champion father did with four victories in his Ferrari in the early 2000s.

During that dominant run, he set a stunning lap record of 1:24.125 in 2004, which still stands today. It is unlikely to survive the weekend, with significant changes to the circuit to reduce lap times by up to five seconds.

“My dad holds the lap record in a 2004 Ferrari. I was lucky enough to drive that car and it’s an amazing car,” Schumacher said.

“Actually, we’ll be doing our own laps in a similar car. The cars have moved back in time and they look a bit more like they used to with the front wing high, so that will be interesting.”

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