Schumacher moves one step closer to F1

Prema Racing have announced that Mick Schumacher will join them for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season. The 19-year-old German driver is coming from a sensational year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where he scored eight wins, seven pole positions and 14 podium finishes en route to capturing the overall title. With so much achieved, the move to F2 represented the next natural step.

Schumacher has been a part of the Italian team since 2016 and experienced the full single-seater ladder featuring Formula 4, F3 European Championship and now Formula 2. In all his racing endeavors, his progress has been relentless which highlights a very good potential for the upcoming challenge.

He will get a first taste of the F2 2019 car this week during the post-season tests at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Prema Racing’s Team Principal René Rosin commented:

“We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019. 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.”

Mick Schumacher said:

“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.”

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Tom Firth

It’s a welcome if not surprising move to graduate to F2 with Prema. I hope he adapts to F2 a bit quicker than did for F4 and F3 though, he’s got the results in him as demonstrated by success but people are less patient in waiting for those to come in F2.

Should it go well then is no reason why he shouldn’t be in F1 in a year or two.

The Captain

Well is he actually any good? Or is this whole media splash around him just ‘ohh celeb royal family dynasty Access Hollywood’ type hype?

Tom Firth

He’s good yeah. Is he great? I don’t know we have enough data to know that for sure quite yet. F2 will help to decide that as its a totally different game to F3 and F4.