Sebastian Vettel predicted on Friday that his friend and protege Mick Schumacher would succeed him at Aston Martin next season. The four-time world champion, who is close friends with his 23-year-old compatriot, said he spoke with team owner Lawrence Stroll and recommended the son of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher. On Kayo, you can watch every practice, qualifying, and race of the 2022 FIA Formula One World ChampionshipTM live. Are you new to Kayo? Begin your free trial today > “Obviously, I spoke to Lawrence and told him that I’m not going to continue,” Vettel, 35, said. “We had a very brief discussion about what might happen next.” I have an opinion. Mick is someone I admire greatly. I can’t be completely objective because I’m so close to him, but I think he’s a great driver and a quick learner.” When others stall or stop learning, he continues to learn. He has qualities, but he is still very young. He lacks experience.not “It’s my decision, but if I’m asked, I’ll give my opinion without hesitation.” That decision will have to be made by the team in the end.” When Vettel first entered Formula One, he was dubbed “baby Schumi.” He also stated that Michael Schumacher influenced his career and that the two had a close relationship. Vettel is also said to have joined Ferrari in honor of Michael. “I’m happy to assist in any way I can because he’s a great guy and obviously I have a very special connection to his father,” Vettel said at the time. “From my perspective, I really like him; we get along well, and I’m happy to tell him everything I know.” I’ve seen his father win a lot more races than he’s seen me win, but I think I’ll be happy to help, but I think it’s very important for him to find his own path and follow his own way. But, as much as it helped when Michael had something to say and gave me advice when I asked, I’m trying to do the same for him.” Mick, who is out of contract with Haas at the end of the season, scored his first points finish in Formula One earlier this month at the British Grand Prix and followed it up with another strong finish in Austria. As a Ferrari Academy graduate, the Italian team will have some say over the next phase of his career. “Obviously, there is still a lot to do here (at Haas), so that is where my focus is right now, and we’ll see what the future brings,” Schumacher said. “Never say never, but obviously, my priority right now is Budapest.” Schumacher has known Lawrence Stroll and his son Lance, who races for Aston Martin, since their karting days and claims they have a strong friendship. “I’ve known them for a long time,” he said of the Strolls. “And we’ve always been nice to each other.” Schumacher was 17th in Friday’s Hungarian Grand Prix practice, trailing Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen, while Vettel was seventh and Stroll was 14th in the updated Aston Martin with a new rear wing.