Sebastian Vettel has spoken about the effect Michael Schumacher has had on him and how he wants to replicate his success at Ferrari.
Vettel revealed that he was able to build a special bond with his fellow German during the latter stages of his glittering career and said the advice given to him was of huge value.
“I really miss Michael a lot,” Vettel said.
“Not only because of his tremendous experience, on and off the track but also because he was more brilliant and sympathetic than people can imagine.”
Vettel, like many in F1, has complimented Schumacher on not just being a remarkable racer, but also how careful he thought things over and the advice and encouragement he often gave to younger drivers in the sport.
“He had so much talent and driving instinct, but he always thought carefully about what he did.
“Every time I could talk to him, he was very helpful.
“His advice was very dear to me, especially in the last three and a half years of his career.”
While Vettel feels he will never be able to surpass Schumacher’s countless records, he does want to replicate one part of his dominant career.
He has acknowledged the a majority of Schumacher’s records are out of reach for him, but he did say there is one thing he’d like to do that Schumacher did: win a championship driving for Ferrari.
Vettel is already a four-time champion in Formula 1, winning all his championships with the Red Bull racing team.
He has come close since joining Ferrari, finishing second in the championship last year, but he’s yet to taste victory with the iconic red.
“Michael Schumacher was an enormous source of inspiration for me, but all his records are out of reach for me.
“Something I want to do like him is to become world champion with Ferrari.
“At the same time, I also know that I have already won four world titles and that I’m really lucky.”
Vettel started out the year strong, with victories in Australia and Bahrain, but he currently sits second in points behind defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who has had a strong few weeks.
All eyes will be on Monaco this weekend as Vettel looks to bridge the gap to his fierce rival.