Michael Schumacher’s 19-year-old son Mick has moved a step closer to following his father into Formula One after the Prema team announced that he will race for them in Formula Two next season. The series feeds into Formula One, and this year’s top three finishers – George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon – have all secured seats with grand prix teams for 2019.
Mick Schumacher won the Formula Three European championship this year with eight wins, seven pole positions and 14 podium finishes. That title means he is already qualified to race in Formula One: “He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can’t wait to begin this adventure together,” said Rene Rosin, principal of the Mercedes-powered team, in a statement on Tuesday.
“This series is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies, especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it.”
The young German said the move was “a logical step” on the ladder and would help him improve his skills and gain more experience: ““I’m really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2 – a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills. For me, it was very clear to go into Formula 2 with Prema. I can’t thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together. I’m also really excited to drive the Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi.” – Mick said.
The young Schumacher will be testing with Prema in Abu Dhabi later this week.
Michael Schumacher won a record seven Formula One championships, including five in a row with Ferrari, and also holds the record for race wins with 91.