Schumacher would be welcome in Ferrari Driver Academy – Rivola

Ferrari would welcome Mick Schumacher to its Ferrari Driver Academy - Credit: Gruppe C / ADAC Motorsport

Mick Schumacher would be welcomed to the Ferrari Driver Academy with a red carpet, according to FDA manager Massimo Rivola.

The young German, who has also been linked to the Mercedes-Benz junior programme, has impressed Rivola, not just on track with his driving ability but off track as well, especially with the pressure that is put on him by the media.

Seventeen-year-old Schumacher is stepping up into the FIA European Formula 3 Championship in 2017 with Prema Powerteam, and Rivola admitted that they will be able to keep a close eye on him as Guan Yu Zhou, a current member of the FDA, will be amongst his team-mates.

“Obviously we follow him,” said Rivola to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport. “And this year we will have the opportunity to stay very close to Mick, because he will be team-mate of our FDA driver Zhou in the Prema team.

“About his future, I don’t know what Mick will decide to do. But if he would like to enter the FDA programme, he will find a red carpet.”

“Mick seems very polite and he’s not full of himself. So congratulations to his parents. They did a very good job with him. He’s very young, and he must manage a very huge media pressure. But he is doing it very well.”