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Schumacher welcomes Michael comparisons

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Mick Schumacher says he is "honoured" to be compared to his record-setting father and insists the added pressure has "never been a problem".

Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, has already started to follow in his father's footsteps by joining the Ferrari driver academy and is preparing for his first season in the Formula 2 championship this year.

The teenager, who won the European F3 title last year, has welcomed the extra attention.

Germany's Mick Schumacher, son of Formula One pilot Michael Schumacher, is pictured after 12th in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship on May 21, 2017 in Pau, southwestern France. (Photo by IROZ GAIZKA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read IROZ GAIZKA/AFP/Getty Images) Germany's Mick Schumacher, son of Formula One pilot Michael Schumacher, is pictured after 12th in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship on May 21, 2017 in Pau, southwestern France. (Photo by IROZ GAIZKA / AFP) (Photo credit should read IROZ GAIZKA/AFP/Getty Images) Michael Schumacher, Estoril Test, Estoril, 07 July 1997. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images) © Paul-Henri Cahier Michael Schumacher, Estoril Test, Estoril, 07 July 1997. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

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"Being compared to my father was never a problem for me," Schumacher, who will race for Prema in 2019, said.

"It's pretty simple. For me, being compared to the best driver in F1 history is the goal you want to achieve.

"I feel honoured to be compared to him because I can learn and try to improve."

Schumacher Jr has raced with Prema since Formula 4 in 2016. The Italian outfit finished fourth in this the 2018 F2 drivers' standings with Nyck de Vries.

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The top three finishers in last year's F2 championship - George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon - all landed F1 race seats for 2019.

The Formula 2 championship starts in Bahrain from March 29-31, and you can watch every race live on Sky Sports F1.

Schumacher was signed to the Ferrari academy earlier this year and is expected to complete a first F1 test in 2019, possibly with Alfa Romeo.

"I can learn so much from Ferrari because they have so much experience," Schumacher, 19, added.

MONZA, ITALY - 2016/10/29: Mick Schumacher during qualifying of Italian F4 Championship at Monza Circuit. (Photo by Gaetano Piazzolla/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) © 2016 Pacific Press MONZA, ITALY - 2016/10/29: Mick Schumacher during qualifying of Italian F4 Championship at Monza Circuit. (Photo by Gaetano Piazzolla/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

"The first impressions I had with Ferrari were so heart-opening - welcoming me to a family that was always part of my family. I guess the combination of both was very positive."

Ferrari are without a drivers' title since 2007, which was their only triumph since Michael Schumacher's five in a row between 2000 and 2004.

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