FIA Formula 3 European Champion Mick Schumacher will join the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2019 with Prema Racing.
The German, son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, will make the step up to join the F2 grid following on from an sensational year in F3, beating Dan Ticktum to the title.
Schumacher’s 2018 season in F3 was popular among fans of Motorsport, where he won eight races, captured seven pole positions and 14 podium finishes to take the title with Prema. He has been part of the Italian team since 2016, racing with them in Italian Formula 4 and will resume their relationship in F2 next year.
Mick was spotted in the F2 paddock last Sunday, hinting over a possible move to the series and that he’ll take part in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi. The nineteen-year old German is excited to compete in F2 with Prema alongside for another year.
“I’m really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2.” said Schumacher.
“A logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills.
“For me, it was very clear to go into Formula 2 with Prema. I can’t thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together. I’m also really excited to drive the Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi.”
Schumacher will test with the team at the Yas Marina Circuit this week, with the test starting on Thursday.
Prema have had a challenging year compare to their previously two seasons where they won titles with Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly. Under Sean Gelael and Nyck de Vries, the team claimed only three wins and finished fifth overall in the teams’ standings.
Prema’s team principal René Rosin is proud to add Mick to his F2 roster next year, claiming that the German is an ‘extremely talented’ racer.
“We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019. He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can’t wait to begin this adventure together,” said Rosin.
“This championship is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it. We are excited for the start of the next chapter in his career and we are happy to be part of it.”
Schumacher’s signing becomes the second driver to be announced to be racing in the series for 2019, with Carlin Motorsport confirming the return of Nobuharu Matsushita.