Mick Schumacher: Ferrari deal and runner-up in the Race of Champions

Mick Schumacher can look back on an eventful weekend: At first, he was signed by the Ferrari F1 team for their Ferrari Driver Academy and then, he and Sebastian Vettel finished second in the Race of Champions’ Nations Cup. In 2018, Schumacher secured the title in the predecessor of the Formula European Masters. A success that opened important opportunities for the young talent.  

The name Schumacher has been closely connected with Ferrari for many years and now, Mick Schumacher is going to continue this relationship with the next chapter. The 19-year old German who resides in Switzerland signed a deal with the Italians and will be a member of their Driver Academy with immediate effect. “I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red, being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari Family,” said Schumacher. “This is another step forward in the right direction and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there. I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my dream, racing in Formula 1. It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.”

Mick Schumacher earned his admission to the Ferrari Driver Academy last but not least by winning the title in the predecessor of the Formula European Masters title, thus demonstrating his extraordinary skills. A fact that also was underlined by Mattia Binotto, the Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal: “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning, but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”

The invitation to the Race of Champions that was held last weekend in Mexico City also was a confirmation for the achievements of the young Schumacher in his career to date. In the Nations Cup he raced for Germany together with Sebastian Vettel and the pairing finished runner-up. “This was a great experience, and it was special to share it with Sebastian. We’re happy to have had a good run in the Nations Cup, now we can turn our focus to tomorrow’s individual Race of Champions,” he said after the podium ceremony. On the following day, Schumacher was eliminated in the quarter finals after having won all his three races in the group phase – inter alia against his Nations Cup team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

In 2019, the Formula European Masters will prove to once again represent a perfect platform for young motor racers. In early May, the series will kick off its 2019 season at Hockenheim, in the support programme of DTM. As partner series, the Formula European Masters cooperates closely with DTM – a fact that is underlined by the joint race calendar of the two series. Thanks to this package, top-class touring-car racing and top-class single-seater racing are guaranteed in every race meeting.