F1 chief expresses Michael Schumacher hope as son Mick follows in his footsteps
Ross Brawn is 'excited' for Mick Schumacher's Formula One debut – and hopes the driver's legendary father is one day able to 'participate in' his success.
The son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher will follow in his dad's footsteps next season after securing a seat at Haas.
And while Brawn can't wait to see the 21-year-old in action, he admits Schumacher Jr's presence on the grid will be a reminder of the "tragedy" which befell his father.
Michael Schumacher is still fighting to overcome the devastating injuries that have kept him out of public view following a skiing accident on the French Alps in December 2013.
His condition has been kept a closely guarded secret by his family, and Brawn – who worked with Schumacher for all seven of his title triumphs – hopes he is one day well enough to be a part of his son's F1 journey.
Looking ahead to next season, Brawn told the F1 podcast: "Obviously it's going to be exciting particularly with Mick coming in, which I have a lot of enthusiasm and passion for.
"So that's going to be good. And I think it reminds us of the tragedy of Michael's accident, because, how wonderful it would have been if Michael was able to participate in that.
"I mean, none of us know how much Michael is able to understand.
"But if he'd been part of that – and let's hope and pray that one day, he might be – that would be very, very special."
Mick Schumacher makes the step up to F1 as F2 champion, having secured the title in Bahrain earlier this month, while he has also previously won the F3 title.
F1 managing director Brawn said having the Schumacher name would put him under pressure – but backed him to thrive.
"Mick is doing an amazing job under those circumstances, and with that famous name," he said.
"It opens doors, but it brings a lot of weight with it as well. The whole family is a great family, and a lovely family and I really hope Mick can succeed."
Brawn was Michael Schumacher's technical director first at Benetton and then at Ferrari when the German won his record-breaking haul of world titles between 1994 and 2004.
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