Ferrari has announced Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher, has joined its junior driver academy for the 2019 season.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto stressed the newest addition to the team’s young driver roster had been chosen on his merits.
“For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning,” said Binotto. “But we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
Schumacher described the opportunity as “another step forward in the right direction” for his career.
“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. At this stage it is however also time to say thank you to my family, friends and partners who supported me all along and helped me arrive at this point.”
Schumacher’s father Michael suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident at the end of 2013. He has not been seen in public since.
Schumacher’s fellow Ferrari Driver Academy members Giuliano Alesi and Callum Ilott will also race in F2 this year. Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, Enzo Fittipaldo and Gianluca Petecof complete the remainder of the FDA squad.
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