Mick Schumacher will compete in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship under the auspices of the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) as the German and his minders plot a path to Formula 1 for the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher.
In a statement, the Scuderia announced ahead of the Abu Dhabi season finale, “The Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that five of its students will race in Formula 1’s feeder series, the FIA Formula 2 championship, in 2020.
“Current F2 drivers Callum Ilott, Mick Schumacher and Giuliano Alesi will be joined by Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong, who have been promoted from FIA Formula 3, in which they both performed very well this year, finishing first and second respectively in the championship.”
The FDA said of young Schumie, “20-year-old Mick Schumacher will continue with Prema Racing, aiming to be a consistent front runner after a debut season in which he took his first win in Hungary. Other highlights included storming through the field from 19th to fifth at the flag in Baku and from 18th to fourth in Austria.”
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies added, “2019 was a good learning year for our three F2 rookies, Callum, Mick and Giuliano. We have seen them progress and we have high hopes for next year.”
“Our priority will be to help them make further progress, both at Maranello and at race tracks around the world, so that our Academy continues to prepare talented youngsters to set their sights on being potential champions of the future with the Scuderia.”
This is the tenth year of the FDA, which began in 2009, their first alumnus was the late and sorely missed Jules Bianchi who succumbed to injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
While current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, himself proof of the success of the FDA, has followed in the footsteps of his mentor and godfather Bianchi who had been destined for success until that fateful day at Suzuka.
The team added, “Since then, 17 young drivers have passed through the Maranello academy, with several of them making it to Formula 1, including Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
“Another success story is definitely Charles Leclerc, who thanks to his training with the FDA, soon made his mark and that has led to him racing today for the most famous team in Formula 1.” (Report by Roy Franco)