Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael, has joined the development pipeline of young drivers
Ferrari, the prestigious Italian team where his father stood out for a decade, announced the Scuderia on Saturday. Mick Schumacher, 19 years,
European Formula 3 champion last year, will ride this season in Formula 2, the Queen's antechamber.
Ironically, he joined the ranks of the "Ferrari Driver Academy", two other young pilots by name: Frenchman Giuliano Alesi, son of Jean, himself a former Ferrari driver in F1, and the Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi, a small son of Emerson, 1972 and 1974 double world champion Formula 1
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"I am pleased about this partnership with Ferrari, my future in sports cars is written in red," said Mick Schumacher in a statement. "This is a new step in the right direction, and I can only benefit from the tremendous expertise gathered here, so be sure I will do my utmost to fulfill my dream.
"It's more than obvious that Ferrari has had a great place in my heart since birth, and also in the heart of my family, and I'm also happy about this personal opportunity," he continued.
Mattia Binotto, the Ferrari boss who knows Mick Schumacher "since his birth", expressed his "emotion" to greet the young driver in the Scuderia area. However, he emphasized: "We chose him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have allowed him to distinguish himself despite his young age."
Michael Schumacher drove from 1996 to 2006 for Ferrari and won with the Italian team five of his seven world titles. Following a skiing accident on December 29, 2013, the former champion's health is now precarious with 91 F1 victories and remains a secret carefully guarded by his family. At the beginning of January he celebrated his 50th birthday. Another member of the Schumacher family also raced in the Formula 1 race: Ralf, Michael's little brother, completed the 180 Grands Prix between 1997 and 2007, winning six wins.