Mercedes to keep eye on Mick Schumacher progress in 2017

Mercedes will keep an eye on Mick Schumacher's 2017 season - Credit: Gruppe C / ADAC Motorsport

Toto Wolff has revealed that Mick Schumacher is certainly on the radar of his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team as the young German progresses his career in 2017 with a move into the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, remains with the Prema Powerteam outfit that took him to ten wins and twenty-two podium finishes in the German and Italian Formula 4 championships, with the seventeen-year-old also being linked to a move into the Ferrari Driver Academy due to his performances.

But Wolff, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport who has overseen the promotion into Formula 1 of both Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon with the Manor Racing MRT squad in 2016, insists that Mercedes are also interested in his services should he continue to impress with his driving in European Formula 3 this year.

“Mick is a great lad and an excellent driver,” said Wolff to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport. “His family is naturally close to our hearts; the right thing for him this year is to focus on F3.

“If you do well in this series, many teams will take notice and Mercedes will be among these too.”