Todt on Mick Schumacher: 'Don't put the boy under pressure!'

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FIA President and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt is keeping a watchful eye over the progress of Mick Schumacher, the son of the ailing seven-time world champion.

Schumacher Jr is slowly but surely making a name for himself, moving up the junior ranks ladder as he graduates this year to the European F3 series where a successful campaign could put him straight into Formula 1.

Both Ferrari and Mercedes admit to be taking a keen interest in the young German's skills, but Todt believes the 17-year-old hopeful should not be put under pressure.

"Mick's a wonderful boy, I have known him since he was a baby and I love this boy," Todt said while attending the Spobis sports business congress in Dusseldorf, where the Schumacher family-linked 'Keep Fighting' award was being handed out to Rio Paralympics Gold medal winner, Vanessa Low.

"I can only ask everyone not to put him under so much pressure. Mick is going to develop in his way, but he loves racing and in Formula 4 he has shown what he can do."

"He should be left alone to continue developing," the Frenchman concluded.

This season, Mick Schumacher will be racing in the European Formula 3 Championship with Italian outfit Prema Powerteam which guided Lance Stroll's successful march to the series'  title in 2016.

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