Former Formula 1 driver, Jean Alesi has expressed his concern over the heavy publication of Mick Schumacher and the large pressure on the young German’s shoulders.
The former Ferrari and Benetton F1 driver has seen his own son step into single-seater racing this year, after being included in the French F4 Championship. The young Giuliano Alesi managed two victories in his opening weekend of the season. After the second round at the Bugatti Circuit last weekend the young Alesi remains a championship contender.
However; the difference between Mick and Giuliano is the amount of media each driver gets. Jean Alesi feels Michael Schumacher, would have taken a much different approach if he could be more involved in his son’s career. “I also understand the special situation that Michael is in now has had an effect on all of this attention — I think he (Michael) would not have allowed this media exposure.” told FormulaPassion.It
However; Alesi insisted; “There is no jealously, in fact for me Mick is like a child.” Many of the motorsport community will often be in contact with each other, with Alesi stressing the need for an equal playing field.
Media sources, such as Tuttosport have hailed Mick, proclaiming: “With his début, it is clear that the genes of his father have been passed on.” Showing the pressure he is expected to carry throughout his time in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship.
When Jean was asked why he decided to put his son in French F4 he said; “because there are no teams — the 20 cars are all operated by the French academy that launched [Sebastien] Bourdais, [Romain] Grosjean and [Jean-Eric] Vergne. So there are no excuses, it is the driver making the difference and not the team.”