Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael, will contest the Formula 2 championship next season after he was announced by Prema Racing to be joining their top tier line-up for 2019.
After sealing the European Formula 3 Championship with the Italian team, the upcoming German talent will rise to the next level supporting over half of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2,” expressed Mick. “[It’s] 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.”
Schumacher will enter into his third year with the Prema outfit already holding an impressive racing record with the powerhouse team. The German has so far climbed the single-seater ladder with Prema claiming thirteen victories from twenty-four podium finishes in both the Italian F4 Series and European F3 Championship.
The 19-year old will kick off his Formula 2 campaign in quick fashion testing for the Northern Italian-based team in the upcoming test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
“We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019,” added René Rosin, Team Principal in Prema’s Formula 2 program.
“He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can’t wait to begin this adventure together.
“This Championship 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. We are excited for the start of the next chapter in his career and we are happy to be part of it.”
Prema Racing will enter next season’s Formula 2 Series looking for improvement after finishing fifth in the team’s championship even with three race wins next to their name taken all by Dutchman Nick de Vries.
The 2019 campaign still has an unconfirmed calendar for next year, however, the Bahrain Grand Prix is tipped once again to open the season supporting the Formula 1 weekend in April 2019.
Images via Prema Powerteam and FIA F3 European Championship