Michael Schumacher’s son Mick ‘changed his name’ because of F1 legend father
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Mick Schumacher has revealed that he used to avoid getting noticed as the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher by changing his name.

The German is currently driving for Prema Powerteam in Formula 2, the feeder series directly below F1, and is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy – the team his father is synonymous with.

While he uses his family name now, Mick climbed the ranks from karting under the name 'Mick Betsch', his mothers maiden name, to avoid a frenzy.

"I realized fairly early on that I wanted to be a Formula 1 driver, a champion," Mick Schumacher wrote for Under Armour.

"I jumped into go-karts when I was three years old – maybe then it wasn’t a real go-kart yet -, went on to national racing at eight. By the time I was 11, 12, I knew I wanted to do this professionally.

"I'd used different names to sort of race undercover, improve without too much of the notoriety of being 'my father's son.' But, honestly, I don't feel any pressure to carry on the family name or do exactly what my father did.

"Most of the stress comes from what I put on myself, thinking about what I did wrong and how I can improve."

Michael Schumacher is one of motorsport's greatest name having won a record seven F1 titles for Benetton and Ferrari.

But seven years ago he suffered a traumatic brain injury while skiing in the French Alps with Mick and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Since then very little has been officially publicised about him and his condition as the Schumacher family fight for his privacy.

But in the rare letter, Mick talked about the advice he received from his dad.

Michael Schumacher




"People saw the magazines and "famous" parts of my dad, which I totally understand. I get it. I mean, he ran off five straight Formula 1 championships the year after I was born, and it's incredible, right? But I did never look at my dad only as the 'world's greatest driver'.

"He always, first and foremost, is my dad. I do not take the lessons he's given me for granted.

"One of those lessons is to stay steady, never get too high, or too low."

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