Ferrari has a keen eye on Formula 3 prospect Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, and is hoping to one day welcome the youngster into its Ferrari Driver’s Academy development program.
Scumacher, who placed second in the 2016 ADAC Formula 4 and Italian Formula 4 championships, will race in European Formula 3 this year with Prema Powerteam. There he will compete alongside FDA member Guan Yu Zhou, which should give Ferrari a good opportunity to benchmark the young Schumacher against another one of its rising talents.
“Obviously we follow (Mick),” FDA manager Massimo Rivola told Italy’s Gazzetto Dello Sport in a recent interview. “And this year we will have the opportunity to stay very close to Mick, because he will be team-mate of our FDA driver [Guan Yu] Zhou in the Prema team.”
Rivola said what Schumacher chooses to do in the future is entirely up to him, but if he were to choose to follow in his father’s footsteps and race for Ferrari, he would be welcomed there with open arms.
“About his future, I don’t know what Mick will decide to do,” he said. “But if he would like to enter the FDA programme, he will find a red carpet.”
Schumacher rounded out his 2016 season with eight pole positions, 10 wins and 24 podiums in 42 races split between the ADAC and Italian Formula 4 championships. He replaces Canadian Lance Stroll on Prema’s Euro F3 team for 2017, who made the jump to Formula 1 this year after winning the F3 championship and signing with Williams.