Mick Schumacher on the radar of Mercedes
The son of former World Champion Michael – who won seven titles between 1994 and 2004 – finished second in Formula 4 last season, and will make his debut in Formula 3 next season, driving for the Prema Powerteam.
“F3 will be the ideal step for me to make,” said Schumacher.
“I am totally fired up for the new year to start.
“I am also really happy about staying with Prema, because this is such a professional team and I will again be able to learn a lot.
“The next season will surely be challenging, but the tests we’ve been doing in the past weeks proved the F3 car is extremely fun to drive.
“I can’t wait for 2017 to begin!”
The Prema team, which Schumacher Junior is driving for, has close links with Ferrari. In 2016, their GP2 driver was Antonio Giovinazzi, who will act as back-up driver to Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel for the 2017 F1 season.
Despite his promising form, Schumacher has not announced any plans about his further aspirations. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he will be monitoring his progress.
“Mick is a great lad and an excellent driver,” Wolff told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The right thing for him this year is to focus on F3.
“If you do well in this series, many teams will take notice and Mercedes will be among these too.”