Vettel and Mick pay tribute to Michael Schumacher with childhood photos: Rare family photo raises puzzles

Sebastian Vettel and Mick share childhood memories of Michael Schumacher on Christmas. The Formula 1 world record champion is missing from a family photo.

Munich/Kerpen – Michael Schumacher’s tragic skiing accident marks the ninth anniversary of this year. On December 29, 2013, the Formula 1 world record holder suffered serious head injuries and little is known about his condition. His son Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel pay tribute to Michael Schumacher at Christmas with photos from their childhood – a rare family photo raises questions.

Michael Schumacher
Birth: January 3, 1969 (53 years old), Hurth
Greatest achievements: 7 x Formula 1 World Champion (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Married to: Corinna Schumacher (1995)
Children: Mick Schumacher, Gina-Maria Schumacher

Michael Schumacher: his son Mick shares a childhood photo with his father

The last days of the year are always particularly emotional for the Schumacher family. Because husband and father Michael Schumacher fell so badly in a skiing accident nine years ago that he hasn’t been able or wanted to appear in public since then. But the memory of the German motorsport hero will remain forever.

To mark the occasion, Mick Schumacher posted a touching photo of him and his father just before Christmas and just a few days before the anniversary of the drama. The 23-year-old, who will follow in his father’s footsteps in a new role at Mercedes in the upcoming F1 season, shared the profile picture on his Instagram account. In the new photo, little Mick can be seen on Michael Schumacher’s arm as he puts his arm around his dad and hugs him lovingly.

Mother Corinna, Sister Gina and Mick Schumacher celebrate Christmas together.

© Mick Schumacher/Instagram

A family photo without Michael Schumacher raises questions – bad news ahead?

Schumi fans are delighted. “I love your new profile picture. It’s so cute,” is a reaction under one of Mick Schumacher’s latest posts. However, other followers are also concerned about the photo and suspect bad news about Michael’s health could be forthcoming.” Great shot of the two. But I don’t know why it makes me nervous. Almost like bad news is coming soon,” one user commented on Reddit.

A day after Christmas Eve, Mick also shared a family photo of himself, his sister Gina and his mother Corinna Schumacher. The three of them are sitting in front of three Christmas trees in the living room on the sofa with their dogs and seem happy. “Merry Christmas”, wishes Mick. However, Michael Schumacher is absent from the picture, fans miss their former hero. “Michael is gone” and “Merry Christmas to Michael too,” read the many comments.

All German Formula 1 drivers since 1980

Manfred Winkelhock, 1982-1985, 47 starts, 2 championship points. Died in an accident in 1985. © IMAGO/Franke
Stefan Bellof, 1984-1985, 20 starts, 4 points in the championship.  Died in an accident in 1985.
Stefan Bellof, 1984-1985, 20 starts, 4 points in the championship. Died in an accident in 1985. © IMAGO/Sven Simon
Christian Danner, 1985-1989, 36 starts, 4 points in the championship.
Christian Danner, 1985-1989, 36 starts, 4 points in the championship. © imago sports photo service
Bernd Schneider, 1988-1990, 9 starts.
Bernd Schneider, 1988-1990, 9 starts. © imago sports photo service
Michael Schumacher, 1991-2006 & 2010-2012, 307 starts, 1566 world championship points, 7 world championship titles.
Michael Schumacher, 1991-2006 & 2010-2012, 307 starts, 1566 world championship points, 7 world championship titles. © imago sports photo service
Heinz-Harald Frentzen, 1994-2003, 157 starts, 174 world championship points, 1997 world vice-champion.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen, 1994-2003, 157 starts, 174 world championship points, 1997 world vice-champion. © IMAGO/Crash Media Group
Ralf Schumacher, 1997-2007, 180 starts, 329 championship points.
Ralf Schumacher, 1997-2007, 180 starts, 329 championship points. © IMAGO/Sven Simon
Nick Heidfeld, 2000-2011, 183 starts, 259 championship points.
Nick Heidfeld, 2000-2011, 183 starts, 259 championship points. © imago sports photo service
Timo Glock, 2004 & 2008-2012, 91 starts, 51 championship points.
Timo Glock, 2004 & 2008-2012, 91 starts, 51 championship points. © imago sports photo service
Nico Rosberg, 2006-2016, 206 starts, 1594.5 league points, one league title.
Nico Rosberg, 2006-2016, 206 starts, 1594.5 league points, one league title. © via www.imago-images.de
Markus Winkelhock, 2007, a start.
Markus Winkelhock, 2007, a start. © imago sports photo service
Adrian Sutil, 2007-2011 & 2013-2014, 128 starts, 124 championship points.
Adrian Sutil, 2007-2011 & 2013-2014, 128 starts, 124 championship points. © imago sports photo service
Sebastian Vettel, since 2007, 286 starts, 3066 world championship points, 4 world championship titles. (as of 06/20/2022)
Sebastian Vettel, since 2007, 286 starts, 3066 world championship points, 4 world championship titles. (as of 06/20/2022) © imago sports photo service
Nico Hülkenberg, 2010 and 2012-2020 and 2022, 181 starts, 521 championship points.
Nico Hülkenberg, 2010 and 2012-2020 and 2022, 181 starts, 521 championship points. © Photo4/LaPresse via www.imago-images.de
André Lotterer, 2014, a beginning.
André Lotterer, 2014, a beginning. © imago sports photo service
Pascal Wehrlein, 2016-2017, 39 starts, 6 championship points.
Pascal Wehrlein, 2016-2017, 39 starts, 6 championship points. © via www.imago-images.de
Mick Schumacher, since 2021, 29 tenures. (as of 06/20/2022)
Mick Schumacher, since 2021, 29 tenures. (as of 06/20/2022) © HIGH TWO via www.imago-images.de

Formula 1: Vettel childhood photo with Michael Schumacher

Mick’s Formula 1 mentor Sebastian Vettel also thought of his friend Michael Schumacher over Christmas. The Heppenheimer posted a childhood memory of himself and his idol on Instagram on Christmas Eve. Young Vettel stands tall in a green racing suit with a trophy in his hand alongside Michael Schumacher, who is apparently leading the awards ceremony after a children’s race at the Kerpen go-kart track.

“Or not? Michael, I’m on your heels,” Vettel wrote of the photo. Schumacher is the record-breaking Formula 1 world champion with seven world titles, and Vettel has been crowned champion four times. The 35-year-old ended his career on November 20 but a return for Vettel to Formula 1 is “not ruled out”.

Michael Schumacher holds his son Mick in his arms.

© Hoch Zwei II/Imago

Vettel pays tribute to his idol Michael Schumacher after the end of his Formula 1 career

This isn’t the first time Vettel has shared a photo of himself and Michael Schumacher. In recent weeks, he posted several childhood photos of him and his father Norbert on the go-kart track. In one photo, Vettel looks up at Schumacher and calls him “my idol and friend Michael Schumacher”. Not much is known about his condition, but Schumi’s Swiss neighbors unpacked: ‘He was among us’. (ck)

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