Germany’s Mick Schumacher, the son of Formula One great Michael Schumacher, won his first Formula Three race on Saturday on the famed Spa track.
Behind the 19-year-old German, who had started the race at a drying track from sixth on the grid, rookie drivers Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) came second and third respectively. With his seventh podium finish of the current season, Ferrari-backed New-Zealander Armstrong also claimed back the lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings. He is one point ahead of second-placed Daniel Ticktum (Motopark).
The 19-year-old triumphed in the junior category on a circuit loved by his father, who won a record seven Formula One titles. Schumacher Senior made his F1 debut at Spa in 1991 and won his first race there a year later.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Winning at Spa is a great feeling after I unfortunately wasn’t able to convert yesterday’s pole position into a race success. As it seems, Spa is a good venue for the Schumacher family. When I saw the rain this morning, I was already happy: I very much like rain and mixed conditions. In the overtaking manoeuvre against Marcus, I was able to attack him from the slipstream. I already made a similar move in race one and therefore I knew that it would work out.”
His father suffered a serious brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013 and has not been seen in public since.
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) July 28, 2018