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Schumacher's 20-year-old son 'deserves' Formula One chance - Vettel

Mick Schumacher’s debut at in-season testing next week is richly deserved, says Sebastian Vettel.

Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael (file pic).
Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael (file pic).

SEBASTIAN VETTEL HAS backed the decision to give Mick Schumacher a chance to impress at in-season testing in Bahrain next week.

Schumacher – son of seven-time world champion Michael – will drive an F1 car for the first time on Tuesday after being named as test driver for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.

The 20-year-old, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, will turn out for the Scuderia first, before spending the second day with Alfa Romeo at the Bahrain International Circuit.

It completes a rapid rise for Schumacher after winning the Formula 3 European title last season and earning a promotion to F2 with Prema Racing.

But Vettel says the opportunity is one the young German deserves after impressing in the lower categories.

“The way he has developed in the last years, he deserves where he is now. Now we should give him the time and the peace to do his job.”

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