19-year old Mick Schumacher, set to follow in his legendary father’s footsteps as he signs with Ferrari to join their Driver Academy Programme.
The 2018 European F3 Champion, Mick Schumacher has been confirmed to join the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2019 as he progresses to F2 in 2019.
This announcement didn’t come as a surprise to many, as Prema Theodore Racing, the team Mick won the F3 title with, has been known to have close relations with Ferrari as well as the elephant in the room which comes in the form of his father, Michael Schumacher’s monumental 5 World F1 title career with the Scuderia.
This news will bring great joy for many racing fans who yearned for a Schumacher to be racing again, as Mick gets one step closer to the greatest racing platform in the world, F1.
The promising rookie started his racing career in 2008 under the name “Mick Betsch”, his mother’s maiden name, to avoid the attention that would come from his father’s name, but inevitably started using the Schumacher name and has since raced in multiple Karting championships, ADAC Formula 4, Italian Formula 4 Championship and most recently FIA Formula 3.
As he moves to F2 with Prema Racing, we could be seeing him on the F1 grid very soon, by 2021 even! The youngster has a massive legacy to live up to, a legacy of the most successful racing driver of all time, one that many in his position have struggled with, could he be the one to change the precedent? (No pressure though).
Maurizio Arrivebene, Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 ex-team principal said “Concerning Mick Schumacher I think the most important thing is to let him grow, without giving pressure, the recent results are very, very good, and I wish to him a great career. With a name like this, that wrote historical pages of Ferrari history, the door of Maranello is always open, of course.”
Although he is no longer team principal, the sentiment is surely echoed in the team. Mercedes-AMG F1 Boss Toto Wolf said this following Mick’s F3 Title win, “He’s won the Formula 3 championship this year with Mercedes engines, which is great, but he’s not part of the Mercedes-Benz junior programme.” “The most important [thing] is to give him time. He has this incredible legacy of having a father who was the most successful racing driver of all-time.”
“He’s won F3, ticked the box, now he’s going into F2, which should be very difficult again against many experienced drivers. “I have no doubt he has the potential to be a successful driver in Formula 1. Maybe one day with us, maybe not.” In 2019 Mick is expected to have a couple of test days in the Ferrari suit and practice on the Ferrari simulator parallel to his F2 career. All that we know is that his up and coming career is a reason for a lot of excitement in the world of motorsports and we wish him all the very best for the future!