Michael Schumacher’s son ‘nicer’ than dad joke Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert

British Formula One legends Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert joked that the son of stricken legend Michael Schumacher is "nicer" than his dad.

The pair were both rivals of the iconic German in the 1990s and they are praying Schumacher recovers from his horror skiing accident to watch his lad Mick's expected F1 debut next year.

But there was no love lost when they went head-to-head at 200mph on the race track.

Hill told Daily Star Online: "We both experienced what it's like to be there with Michael. He was a tough competitor.

"He didn't give much away, there wasn't much warmth."

Herbert also told us: "It was only about Michael. You were an irritation if you got in his way, both on and off the track.

"That's how he succeeded as much as he did. The new generation are nice guys. Michael had an edge.

"He (Mick) sounds so much like Michael, you hear so much that Michael is there. But they are very different.

“Mick is a very nice guy, a real nice gent. There was always something he (Michael) was trying to find out about you or to find a way of beating you.

“Mick seems to have a nice side to him. Maybe he will become more like his dad as he gets older."

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Schumacher senior is still recuperating from the horrific accident he suffered in December 2013 with a then-14-year-old Mick.

There have been few updates on his devastating brain injury in the intervening seven years, and the pair of British drivers say those who shared the paddock with Schumacher are none the wiser on his current state.

It has been reported the seven-time F1 world champion has undergone pioneering cell therapy to regenerate his nervous system while it has also been claimed he has developed osteoporosis and muscular atrophy from almost seven years of bed confinement.

Hill and Schumacher especially were bitter rivals on the track.

Hill won his only world championship in 1996, but two years previously he was run off the track following a collision with Schumacher in the Australian Grand Prix, the final race of the season.

It allowed Schumacher to beat Hill to the title by a single point with both cars retiring, and many think it was a deliberate act by the German driver.

Despite their differences, Hill is desperate to see his old rival return to health – especially with Mick, 21, tipped to be given an F1 seat next season.

He said: "What's happening with him at the moment, we don't hear from him or the family. It's all kept very much within the walls of the Schumacher household.

“I’d love to see him back on his feet, especially with Mick probably going to get his chance in F1 next year.

"It must be hard for Mick not having him there."

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