2018 European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher has officially joined the Ferrari driver academy as he gets ever closer to F1.
The announcement was made by the FDA on Saturday and he will join Giuliano Alesi, Callum Ilott, Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, Enzo Fittipaldi and Gianluca Petecof on the programme for 2019.
Son of 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Mick will drive in Formula 2 in 2019 with Prema, the same team that saw Charles Leclerc to the F2 title in 2017.
He may also get the opportunity to drive current F1 machinery as part of in season testing which requires 2 days to be completed by rookie drivers.
“I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red,” Said Mick.
“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.”
Newly appointed Ferrari team boss, Mattia Binotto, who worked at Ferrari throughout Michael Schumacher’s 5 titles with the outfit added:
“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.”