Mick Schumacher, son of seven time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, says the goal is still to reach Formula 1 and follow his father’s footsteps.
The nineteen year old German saw success and grabbed his first win in the FIA Formula 3 European championship at Spa Francorchamp, a historic place for the Schumacher name where his father Michael made his F1 debut in 1991 and his first win in 1992.
Mick’s win around the Belgium circuit saw a breakthrough in what has been a challenging second season for the German, currently lying eighth overall in the standings and three podiums to his name.
A lot of weight lies on the shoulders of Mick as he aims to follow the footsteps of his father, who achieved a record breaking 91 wins, 155 podiums and 7 world championships.
In an interview with Mobil 1 The Grid, Mick reviews his season at the midway point and says that the aim is still to reach F1.
“Unfortunately luck has not been on my side so far, but I hope the rest of the season is different now.” said Schumacher.
“Of course Formula One was my goal and still is. We take it one step at a time.”
Having grabbed victory at Spa, Schumacher says that he enjoyed racing at the legendary circuit, predominantly due to his father’s success around the track in his eighteen years of racing in F1.
“I only have good memories of Spa,” Schumacher added.
“Everyone knows it is my dad’s living room and I love racing there because I know how well he did.”
Mick is one of the many rising stars aiming to reach Formula 1 in the near future. Mick’s cousin and son of Michael’s brother Ralf, David Schumacher started racing in single seaters this year.
Formula 1’s new owners Liberty Media are aiming to make the process of young drivers guiding into F1 more easier with the formation of the FIA Formula 3 championship, which will run as a replacement for the GP3 Series and the current FIA Formula 3 European series.
Liberty Media’s Chase Carey said to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that the chance to see Mick in F1 would create a great story and would touch many hearts of fans around the world.
“It would be a great story, of course,” Carey said.
“Michael Schumacher still plays a unique role in Formula 1 as a world champion, as he is and will remain an icon of our sport.
“But regardless of that, we want to try to make it easier for good young drivers to make the transition. And Mick in Formula 1 would be special, of course.
“It would touch the hearts of many fans in a very unique way.”