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Mick’s History | Mick Schumacher

Mick’s History

Mick Schumacher born 22 March 1999 is a German racing driver, currently competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with Prema Theodore Racing and being affiliated to the Ferrari Driver Academy. He began his career in karting in 2008, progressing to the German ADAC Formula 4 by 2015. Mick most recently competed in the 2018 FIA F3 European Championship, which he won. He is the son of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher.

Career

Schumacher started his motorsport career in 2008.

To avoid attention because of his famous father, he started his career under the pseudonym ‘Mick Betsch’, using his mother’s maiden name.

Karting

In 2011 and 2012, Schumacher drove in the KF3 class of the ADAC Kart Masters, ending in 9th and 7th respectively. In the Euro Winter-cup of the KF3 class he was 3rd in 2011 and 2012 and in 2012 was 3rd in the KF3 Rating DMV Kart Championship. In 2013 he finished 3rd in the German Junior Kart Championship, and the CIK-FIA Super Cup KF juniors. In 2014, Schumacher used the name ‘Mick Junior’,and started in International and National Junior Championships, ending the season 2nd in the German Junior Kart Championship as well as in the European and World Championships. Although he did not race in karting under his real surname, his successes in karting were picked up by the international press.

Formula 1

Schumacher was announced as a driver for the Ferrari Driver Academy on 19 January 2019. Schumacher followed in his father’s footsteps and cited Ferrari’s big part of his heart and the special ties with the team within his family from childhood as a significant part of joining the team’s academy. On 2 April 2019, Mick Schumacher made his debut behind the wheel of a modern Formula One car, piloting Scuderia Ferrari‘s SF90 during the first day of in-season testing at Bahrain International Circuit as the only debutant in the field. During the morning session of testing, Schumacher recorded a personal best time of 1:32.552 from 30 laps, placing him sixth fastest amongst other drivers after rain stopped the session twice. Throughout the remainder of the day, Schumacher put in another 26 laps to set a final time of 1:29.976 on the softest available tyre compound, of which remained to be the fastest time until Red Bull Racing‘s Max Verstappen set a lap of 1:29.379 five minutes later. After Tuesday’s test session, Schumacher said that he felt at home with Scuderia Ferrari and relished his first drive.
“I really enjoyed today,” he said. “It felt like home in the garage from the very first moment with a lot of people that have known me since I was very young. The SF90 is incredible because of the power it has but it is also smooth to drive and that’s why I enjoyed myself so much.” Schumacher added he was impressed by the braking power of a modern F1 car. “It seemed to me you could brake later and later and the car would have made the turn anyway. I would like to say thank you Ferrari for this incredible opportunity.”Schumacher was to continue in-season testing for Alfa Romeo Racing the following day.

Formula 2

Schumacher races for Prema Racing for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship.In the first round of the year, at Bahrain, he started 10th and finished 8th to give him reverse-grid pole after passing Nobuharu Matsushita on the final lap. At the second race, finished in sixth place to score four more points. At Baku, he start from P7 in the grid, but retired due to a spin. However, Schumacher had a comeback from 19th to 5th finishing position in sprint race. In Spain, he scored no points after a collision in the first race and a time-penalty after an illegal overtake on Jack Aitken. At Monaco he collided in the first race with Tatiana Calderon, Nicholas Latifi, and Louis Deletraz at Rascasse and the race was stopped red flag. He finished in 11th, following day he finished P11 as well. At Circuit Paul Ricard he retired twice: in the first race – he collided with his teammate Sean Gelael. He also retired in second race, after suffering a puncture. In the first race, at Red Bull Ring he stalled on the grid and finished in 18th place. However he gained 14 positions at 2nd race to score 8 points. At Silverstone, he finished in 11th and 6th. At Hungaroring, he started 4th, but lost four positions, ultimately finishing 8th, consequently taking reverse grid-pole for the second race. After taking victory in the sprint race, he became the sixth driver at Prema Racing to win. At Spa-Francorchamps, both races were cancelled due to an accident that caused the death of French driver Anthoine Hubert. In Monza, he retired in first race due to power issue, but in second recovered to 6th, and score 2 more points for the fastest lap. Unfortunately, at the Sochi, in first race he retired due to engine issue, in second race, he also got a DNF due to damage the car after making the contact with car of Giuliano Alesi.

European Formula 3

Mick Schumacher during the FIA Formula 3 round at Norisring in 2018.

In 2017, Schumacher raced in the European Formula 3 Championship with Prema Power team. He scored one podium and finished 12th in points.He won the 2018 championship.

Personal life

Schumacher is the step-nephew of Sebastian Stahl, and grandson of Elizabeth and Rolf Schumacher.

Schumacher was skiing with his father when Michael suffered life-threatening brain injuries on 29 December 2013. In March 2017, Mick first talked publicly about his father, describing him as “my idol” and “my role model”.