Italian businessman Luca di Montezemolo, former Chairman of Ferrari, admitted that Mick Schumacher needs time to “grow” into a Formula 1 driver. The Maranello team has signed the son of Ferrari’s five-time world champion Michael Schumacher to its young driver development ‘academy’. Mick, 19, will be managed by former Ferrari team boss and FIA president Jean Todt’s son Nicolas, and will race in Formula 2 this year.
Mick Schumacher has everybody talking. The son of seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher is making waves in motorsport and will compete for Prema Racing, the team Charles Leclerc raced for when he won F2.
It comes as no surprise that the pressure on the young German is intense. In Germany, for instance, there is said to be a bidding war taking place for the television rights to the F1 feeder series, Formula 2: “We are in active talks in Germany,” a Liberty spokesperson is quoted by Kolner Express newspaper. The report added that Schumacher’s sponsor Deutsche Vermogensberatung, which also sponsored Michael, might help to finance that broadcast deal.
Charles Leclerc will be racing for Ferrari next year, and whilst it’s too early to say for sure whether Schumacher will also get the chance, there is certainly a lot o talk about it right now. Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo was quizzed about the youngster by La Gazzetta dello Sport, and said: “Mick Schumacher? I love him. I’ve known him since he was in the crib, when Michael protected him from mosquitoes. He is a serious, intelligent boy who must be allowed to grow up. Like father like son? It’s still early but I hope so.” – the former Chairman of Ferrari said, as reported by the Italian media.