Mick Schumacher Joins Ferrari Academy
A couple of days ago, it was announced that Mick Schumacher had joined the Ferrari Academy, making his way through to Formula 2. Mick is the son of the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher and especially over the last year – we’ve seen him developing as a driver.
It’s never been a secret that Ferrari would welcome the young driver with open arms, saying “the door is always open at Maranello” as you can see in this post here which was featured on the blog a few months ago.
Mick Schumacher has slowly made his way through the ranks and for next season, he will step up from Formula 3 to Formula 2 – directly below the pinnacle which is Formula 1. His step up to Formula 2 is a move being backed by Ferrari with many thinking his debut in Formula 1 is closer than others may think.
No one can argue with the fact that Michael Schumacher is one of the most successful drivers in Formula 1’s history – he’s a seven-time Formula 1 World Champion and is highly respected throughout the paddock.
Joining Ferrari in 1996, Mattia Binnotto was an engineer with the team at the time of his dominance and now, the newly appointed Ferrari team boss said: ” For someone like me who has known him (Mick Schumacher) from birth – there is no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari is something special – an emotional meeting.”
“We have chosen him for his talent along with the human and professional qualities which he has already shown – despite his young age.”
With news of the announcement, Mick Schumacher had this to say – “It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born. It’s also in the hearts of our family – I am so delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.”
The Ferrari Academy is also bringing in drivers such as – Giuliano Alesi (son of Jean Alesi), Callum Ilott, Marcus Armstrong, Robert Schwartzman, Enzo Fittipaldi (Grandson of three-time World Champion, Emerson) and Gianluca Petecof.
Making all the moves and bringing in a whole range of drivers who will likely be a part of the sport in the future.
For Mick Schumacher however, it’s likely that we will be seeing him in Formula 1 much quicker – he is likely to take part in this year’s in-season tests so it’s something the world will be interested to see.