Mick Schumacher Joins Ferrari, Future Seat In Formula 1 Is Likely

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Even though he’s 19 years old, Mick Schumacher seems likely to enter Formula 1, probably as soon as 2020. After winning the Formula 3 championship in 2018 and leveling up to Formula 2 for 2019, the son of Michael Schumacher has been signed up by Ferrari.
“What? How come?” He’s not fit for Formula 1 yet, but do remember the Ferrari Driver Academy gave us Charles Leclerc. After one year with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, the 21-year-old Monégasque has been signed by Ferrari as the teammate of Sebastian Vettel.

Mick “will be taking part in the pre-season preparation activities with fellow FDA drivers” next week. The drivers in question are Giuliano Alesi and Callum Ilott (both in Formula 2), Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman (Formula 3), Enzo Fittipaldi (in Formula Regional European Championship), and Gianluca Petecof (Italian and German championships of Formula 4).

“I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red,” said Mick despite the fact his current team (Prema Theodore Racing) is connected to Mercedes-AMG. As a matter of fact, the Dallara F318 that brought Mick his F3 title has Mercedes-Benz written on it.

If you’re experiencing some kind of déjà vu, that’s because Michael raced for Ferrari and Mercedes alike. Lewis Hamilton replaced the seven-time world champion in 2013 at the Silver Arrows, taking home four titles.

“For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning,”
said Mattia Binotto, team principal of Scuderia Ferrari. The Swiss-Italian engineer joined the Prancing Horse in 1995 within the engine department, and from 2016 to 2019, he was chief technical officer.

And now, prepare for some speculation. The fact that the higher-ups ousted Maurizio Arrivabene for not delivering a world championship could have consequences for Sebastian Vettel if the German doesn’t get his act together. Termination clauses in his contract could translate to a departure at the end of the 2019 season, leaving the door open for Mick Schumacher.

Can you imagine Mick and Charles teaming up, racing their hearts out for the best-loved outfit in the king motorsport? When you think about it, even a seat at Sauber would be enough for his first year in Formula 1.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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