Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, has become Ferrari’s latest signing in their academy driver program.
The 19-year old will compete in Formula 2 Championship this year with the Prema outfit after winning last year’s European F3 title with the same team.
He joins the likes of Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi, the academy’s latest graduates to earn full-time drives in Formula 1. Leclerc enters the Ferrari camp this season in only his second year of Formula 1 after a fantastic debut with Sauber in 2018.
Mick’s father, Michael, raced with Ferrari from 1996 to 2006 winning six world championships and 71 races. The reigning European F3 champion becomes another step closer to Formula 1 while emulating his father joining the Ferrari family.
Newly elected team principal Mattia Bonitto, who worked with Michael during his championship run in the early 2000s, stated Ferrari selected Mick for his talent rather than his name regardless of a strong family connection. “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning,” admitted Binotto.
“[However], we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
“I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me”, added Mick. “My next future in motorsport will be in red – being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari Family.
“Again, this is another step forward in the right direction, and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there. Be sure I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my dream, racing in Formula 1.
“It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born. [It has been] in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.
“At this stage it is however also time to say thank you to my family, friends and partners who supported me all along and helped me arrive at this point.”
Schumacher may be able to test for Ferrari or their two customer teams – Haas and Sauber – this year as teams must field a young driver at two of their in-season test days.
From next week, Mick will be taking part in pre-season preparation activities with fellow incoming academy drivers.
The incoming drivers include Callum Illoit and Guiliano Alesi – son of Grand Prix winner Jean Alesi – also contesting this year’s Formula 2 Championship, New Zealand’s Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman in Formula 3, plus Enzo Fittipaldi – son of two-time world champion Emerson – and Gianluca Petecof in other junior Formula categories.
Images via Prema Powerteam and Race of Champions
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