Mick, 22, will represent Haas this season – his first as an F1 driver following his 2020 Formula 2 title win.
His father won seven championships in F1 between 1994 and 2004, and Alfa Romeo driver Raikkonen – who raced against Michael – said he can see similarities between Mick and the sporting icon.
“It’ll be exciting to see [how he performs],” Raikkonen said. “Hopefully he has a decent car.
“He reminds me a lot of his dad. I’m very happy for him.”
The Finn, 41, also insisted Mick had earned his place in F1.
‘’Sure, part of it is [people having goodwill for him], but he’s not in F1 because of his second name.”
Michael Schumacher, 52, retired from F1 in 2006 before returning for a second spell between 2010 and 2012.
The German, who spent the majority of his career with Ferrari, was involved in a skiing accident in 2013 that left him with brain injuries. He has not been seen in public since.
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