16-year-old Mick Schumacher has been cleared to race for the Spa-Francorchamps round of the ADAC Formula 4 championship. The young driver broke his hand in a crash with Thomas Preining at the Red Bull Ring and has been recovering.
The crash occurred in the final race of the weekend. After making his way through the order, he was caught by home favourite Preining, who misjudged the size of his car hitting the back of the German. Fellow rookie Preining then turned back on to the racing line, spinning Mick Schumacher into the pit wall head on.
The Schumacher name is no stranger to injury, with Mick’s father, Michael Schumacher having broken his leg while racing in the 1999 British Grand Prix. The news will mean the young German misses no races of the ADAC F4 season.
He currently lies ninth in the standings after one race victory at Oschersleben. A poor weekend at the Red Bull Ring, in which he crashed twice, meant that he lost touch with the Joel Eriksson at the top of the standings. Schumacher is now on 28 points, 46 behind the leader, but will be hoping to fight back at Spa this weekend.
The first race at Spa will start at 14:50 local time (CET) on Saturday 20th June, with race two and three on the Sunday and qualifying, which will once again be split into two groups, the day before.