When he isn’t wearing a race helmet, Mick Schumacher is kept wrapped in cotton wool.A famous surname but more so the present circumstances has forced the 17-year-old to always stay in protective gear. So much so that in the age of social media and selfies, the young German politely refuses any fan who approaches him for a click. That’s life for the junior Schumacher post December 29, 2013 – the fateful day when his seven-times Formula One champion father Michael suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident.The burden of carrying forward the great Schumacher legacy – uncle Ralph was a champion racer too – has fallen more heavily upon the teenager than ever before.So, having strengthened his resolve, Mick hops from one continent to another these days, participating in racing events and winning them as well.The MRF Challenge triumph at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is the latest trophy Mick will be taking back home.”It is definitely a lot different to Chennai which was my first time in India,” Mick Schumacher tells India Today on a sunny, but chilly afternoon at the Buddh F1 circuit.”I really liked driving here. The track was really good and a lot more technical. I enjoyed driving here. I am really looking forward to the F3 season, the batteries are fully charged and I am all excited,” he added.Standing atop the podium with Germany’s national anthem played to empty stands, Mick resembled so much like his famous father. For several years, one F1 race weekend after another, senior Schumacher created some everlasting memories for his fans.advertisement”He has done incredibly well to carry the Schumacher name. It is a big name to carry,” says Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first F1 race driver.Karthikeyan chatted with the youngster during the event and was left impressed with his attitude. “Obviously, a lot of attention is on him (Mick Schumacher) and also pressure to perform I suppose. He has done well so far by finishing second in the German and Italian Formula 4 Championships in 2016. He is going to move to Formula 3 now and race with the big boys. Let’s see how he performs now. I chatted with him more like friends, talking about the track. He came very quickly to the grips of the circuit and the layout and did very well.”Helping him live a cocooned life, away from the flashbulbs, is Mick’s dedicated team. India was better but keeping the spotlight away from the young champ in Europe is a daunting task.”We are quite disciplined. We have de-briefs and other briefing sessions before every race. We talk a lot about the set up. He is very good with his data. It is that kind of preparation which makes a champion. He not only has the talent but the correct mindset and the education to make sure he makes most of the opportunity,” reveals Danny King, the race engineer for the challenge championship.Perhaps that’s the reason, and not just the surname, why Ferrari have offered Mick a seat in their driver’s programme this year. Michael Schumacher re-wrote sports’ history books by winning it all for Ferrari from 1996 to 2006.Maybe someone there in those pits believes that history can repeat itself and a Schumacher will be seen jumping on the F1 podium in next few years.