F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has delivered a ringing endorsement of a man burdened with one of the most legendary names in the history of the sport.
Mick Schumacher, the son of the man who powered to seven world championships, has begun his journey on the motorsport ladder and is beginning to garner attention, not just for his name, but increasingly for his eye-catching performances.
Schumacher won his first title in a single-seater last weekend as he clinched the European Formula 3 Championship with a race to spare at Hockenheim, having previously finished runner-up in the Italian and German F4.
The German driver is expected to graduate to Formula 2 next year and many believe that his ultimate destiny is to follow in his father's footsteps and eventually drive for one of the powerful teams in F1.
One man who has full confidence in the young man's ability is Lewis Hamilton, who himself replaced Schumacher senior in the Mercedes in 2013.
"I don't think it [the Schumacher name] will be a burden," Hamilton said.
"There will 100 percent be a Schumacher back in F1, partly because of the name, but secondly because he’s doing a good job.
“He obviously has a lot of talent like his dad had, just like Keke and Nico [Rosberg], just like when Fernando has kids, I’m sure Alonso will be here again!
"Even if I have a kid that wants to race, and even if he’s no good, he can make it to F1 because of the name.”
Hamilton had previously spoken glowingly of Schumacher when the emerging star was a guest of Mercedes at various GP's last year.
"He’s doing a really great job and he’s a really great kid as well,” Hamilton added
“He’s come to and been a part of our team in a couple of weekends last year.
"He’s very attentive and he’s got great talent as his dad had, so I don't think it will be a burden. I think he could be great for the sport."
Schumacher, who impressively won eight of the final 15 races in this year's F3 championship, has also been spoken up by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who has said the door is always open with regards to the talented young driver one day becoming part of the famous Italian outfit.
It seems a real possibility that we may have another Schumacher to grace the pit lanes of F1 in the near future.
The sport will certainly be the richer for it.News Now - Sport News