Mick Schumacher: Ferrari F1 Driver Academy Focus

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Mick Schumacher stands upon the brink of the F2 championship and a seat in F1 with the Haas team. As a Ferrari Academy Driver, like Charles Leclerc and Jules Bianchi before him, he has delivered what has been asked of him and will be rewarded with reaching the pinnacle of motorsport.

Mick Schumacher: Early Years

Being the son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, Mick began his racing career using his mother’s maiden name of Betsch in an attempt to minimise the inevitable media scrum that would arise. As he made his first steps in racing, his father remained statistically the most successful driver of all time and media interest would be huge.

In keeping with all other drivers, Schumacher began in karting in 2008 and moved up the ladder into the international series in 2014. He would compete in both the European and International series.

Schumacher to single-seaters

Jenzer Motorsport tested Schumacher at the end of 2014 but he began competing with Van Amersfoort Racing in 2015. This was when Mick began using his real name in competition for the first time.

For 2015, Schumacher remained in ADAC F4 but switched to Prema and dovetailed his campaign with an Italian F4 campaign. Demonstrating for the first time his now-famous second season improvement, Schumacher finished both championships as the runner up.

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November 2016 marked Schumacher’s debut in an F3 car as took place in the MRF Challenge, ultimately finishing a highly respectable 3rd. He would go on to compete in the FIA European F3 Championship with Prema in 2017. It was a low scoring season in ’17, before scooping the championship in ’18. This was the year that he beat Dan Ticktum to the title with a late-season surge in competitiveness.

One level from the top, now with Ferrari backing

Prema retained Schumacher’s services for 2019 but now he would be driving in F2. Mick was announced as a Ferrari Academy Driver in January of the same year. There had been some speculation as to whether Mercedes or Ferrari would secure his services but Ferrari and Schumacher is just too big a marketing opportunity to be overlooked.

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It was once again a low key debut in the championship with a single Sprint Race victory to his name. But 2020 proved again that Schumacher always rises to the challenge in his second season.

Two Feature Race victories and eight other podiums ensure that he is on the brink of winning the championship with a final round to go. Schumacher has been the model of consistency in maximising his result across both races in the weekend from the third round onwards.

Mick Schumacher GP Grandstand F1 Seat Prediction:

Bit of a moot point what we think isn’t it? It is an open secret that Schumacher will be announced as a Haas F1 driver for 2021. And if he isn’t, I will colour my bottom with a felt tip pen and spend an entire weekend living as a macaque.

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