Mick Schumacher is a new member of Ferrari Driver Academy
Ferrari Driver Academy announces today that it has signed a contract with seven young drivers for 2019. One of them is Mick Schumacher, a son of Michael Schumacher and the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Champion, who will race in the FIA Formula 2 Championship this year.
It means that twelve years after Michael Schumacher ended his last F1 season with Scuderia Ferrari, a new member of Schumacher family joined the world’s most famous Formula 1 team.
The other 2019 FDA drivers are Giuliano Alesi and Callum Ilott, who will race in Formula 2, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman, racing in FIA Formula 3, Enzo Fittipaldi, racing in FIA Formula Regional (Europe), and Gianluca Petecof in FIA Formula 4 (Italy and Germany). From next week, all of them will be taking part in the pre-season preparation activities.
Mattia Binotto, Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari commented: “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning, but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
Mick Schumacher said “I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and 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 and also 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.”