Mick Schumacher will follow in Michael Schumacher’s footsteps and join Scuderia Ferrari in the next two years, Gerhard Berger has predicted.
Schumacher is one of the brightest prospects in the world of motor sport and he secured the Formula 3 title season, as Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff have both made their interest in signing him up known. And they will be sure to follow his progress closely when he competes in Formula 2 with Prema Racing next year, which means that Schumacher could be handed a seat in Formula 1 if he impresses with Prema, with Toro Rosso also touted as a potential landing spot.
Gerhard Berger has now predicted Scuderia Ferrari will move to beat their rivals to the 19-year-old racer’s signature. And that would see Schumacher mirror the path of his father, who won five of his seven F1 titles with Ferrari in the early 2000s: “Mick will be at Ferrari in two years, but I don’t know if he will drive the motor home or the F1 car,” Berger joked, when asked about Schumacher’s future.
Schumacher has faced accusations of merely benefiting from a strong car when winning the F2 title with Prema Theodore Racing, but Gerhard Berger, a former contemporary of Michael Schumacher, defended the young German: “Seriously, in the second part of the season he really impressed me,” Berger added – “They say he was strong because he had the best equipment but I saw him win in the wet too. Now he has the chance to develop in Formula 2 and in a couple of years he can be in his father’s car.” – he concluded.
Mick Schumacher will get his spell in F2 underway when the 2019 campaign begins in Bahrain in March.