Schumacher: I am totally confident I’m ready

Mick Schumacher feels comfortable being under the spotlight in the desert heat of Bahrain ahead of a landmark week in his young career and should get used to it if the media melee around him in the Sakhir paddock is anything to go by.

It will be an intense few days for the 20-year-old son of Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher reports Jerome Pugmire.

He will make his F2 debut for the Prema team this weekend and is then set to drive in his first F1 test for Ferrari on Tuesday.

Five of his famed father’s record seven F1 titles were won with Ferrari from 2000-2004 and also holds the record for F1 wins with 91, achieved during his first spell in the sport from 1991 until 2006.

One of his father’s trademarks as a driver was an unshakeable inner confidence, and Mick appears to have inherited those traits.

Asked if he can handle the pressure, the young Schumacher said he is up for the challenge, “Obviously I’m very happy about the whole thing but for now my focus is really on F2. I am totally confident I’m ready.”

“I’m really happy that we’re starting the F2 season now. The goal for me really is to learn as much as possible, to gain as much experience and then to deliver the best potential, the best performance.”

“I guess the personal development is that obviously, I’m getting older — I’m getting more used to this. Working with a lot of people helped me to develop and helped me to grow older, and just better and mature.”

Schumacher’s junior career was mostly under the radar by design, but after claiming the FIA Formula 3 title last year he shot to prominence and has been in the limelight ever since.

He explained the plan, “Using the experience that I had and the experience that I’ve got from the races, to use that in a good way. That was something I managed and was able to keep it through.”

“On that path and that period, I also had the feeling that I grew a lot as a person and really matured,” added the 20-year-old German.