With just one month left until the start of the 2017 European Formula 3 Championship, Mick Schumacher is ready to make his debut, although Michael Schumacher’s son will most likely have to face a tough introduction to Formula 3, as public attention and mass media reports will surely focus on him.
Mick Schumacher will be driving for Prema Powerteam, a motorsport team from Italy for which Lance Stroll won the title last season, an achievement that helped him earn a Formula One place with Williams Martini Racing for the 2017 F1 season. Expectations will be are very high for Mick, as his father is the seven time Formula 1 world champion and Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher and the young German racing driver, who began his career in karting back in 2008, will have to cope with a lot of pressure and learn how to manage the inevitable and constant comparisons between him and Michael.
In 2016, Mick Schumacher finished second for Prema Powerteam at the 2016 ADAC Formula 4 season (behind Joey Mawson) and at the 2016 Italian F4 Championship, which consisted of seven triple header rounds (five wins for young Mick, as compared to only four managed by Marcos Siebert, who in the end won the title as a result of a better consistency throughout the season).
The 2017 European Formula 3 Championship features drivers competing in two-litre Formula Three racing cars and will start on 14–16 April, when the first three races are scheduled to take place at the Silverstone Circuit.
“Formula 3 will be the ideal next step for me to make, and I am totally fired up for the new season to start.” – Mick Schumacher – “I am also really happy about staying with Prema, because this is such a professional team and I will again be able to learn a lot. The next season will surely be challenging, but the tests we have been doing in the past months proved the F3 car is extremely fun to drive. I can’t wait for the 2017 Championship, to begin!” – the young German driver concluded.