“I think that it’s quite clear that I’ve been under a sort of spotlight since a very young age, and especially due to the sport that I do,” he noted last year after landing the Haas seat.
“Nevertheless, I think it’s something that I’ve been able to get used to, and I would say about myself that I’m able to deal with it pretty well. I think the results speak for it.
“So I think I will do the same as usual in 2021, too. And we’ll just try and keep the same rhythm that I have.”
He’s had time to learn to deal with the attention: “It’s something that has always been with me, and I kind of got used to it, I didn’t really have to specifically work on it.
“But I think definitely one thing that is important is that you have a family that is always open and true to you.
“If you have friends that tell you how it is and you have facts, you will stay grounded, and you’ll be able to see things in a different perspective than if you would be trying to do all this alone. I’m lucky to have such a great bunch of people around me.”
They include folk who were a key part of Michael’s Ferrari career, and by coincidence are now in influential positions in the sport.
Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali have all advised and helped Mick in whatever way they can, and no doubt will continue to do so.
“Obviously, all three have been a great part of my dad’s career, and also have been of mine,” he says.
“It’s great to see them all succeed so well in the sport and also do well aside from being team bosses or involved in teams.