"I try to get tips from him and put them into practice. He's been in the sport quite a few more years than me, so every conversation we have helps.
"I think what my dad was to Sebastian, he is for me, someone that I'm close to, with whom I can talk about motorsport."
Schumacher Jnr and Vettel are also now colleagues after Mick's decision to join the Ferrari Driver Academy at the start of the year, a decision he says was helped by a strong affinity with Italy – something no doubt influenced by his father's success with the Scuderia.
"I feel drawn to Ferrari," Schuamcher said. "I grew up with them and have always driven for Italian teams with the exception of one season.
"I'm back now with Italians once again at Prema. The passion they have for motorsport is just terrific.
"You appreciate that all the more at Ferrari. Walking around Maranello or Fiorano feels really special. It's just one big happy family. You feel good when you're there, part of the Ferrari family."
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