By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Current Formula 2 championship leader Mick Schumacher will be Formula 1 bound next season as Haas F1 Team announced Wednesday that the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will become teammates with Nikita Mazepin.
The 21-year-old German star has honed his racing craft throughout his junior formula career where he’s won championships in Formula 3 in 2018. He’ll hope to lock up the F2 title this weekend at Sakhir where he has a 14-point championship lead over Callum Ilott.
Schumacher has netted two feature race victories at Monza and Sochi along with an additional eight podium finishes for PREMA Racing, hoping to add more with just feature and sprint race remaining.
For the time being, he is speechless to be a part of the American-based team as one of two rookies (the other being his teammate Mazepin) on the 20-car grid.
“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” said Schumacher.
“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents – I know that I owe them everything. I have always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula 1.
“A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there who have supported me throughout my career. I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them.”
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner said the F2 grid has provided tremendous talent over the past few years and is looking forward of welcoming one of those standouts.
“This year’s (F2) field has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive in recent seasons. Mick has won races, collected podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020,” said Steiner.
“I firmly believe he’s earned the opportunity to graduate into Formula 1 based on his performances. We have an opportunity ahead of us, as a team, to evaluate and nurture a new driver given our familiarity with our race package heading into 2021.
“We are putting in place our building blocks for the continued long-term growth of the team and I look forward to Mick’s contributions both on and off the track in that process.”
Schumacher was meant to make his F1 practice debut in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring for Haas, but poor weather conditions denied him such opportunity.
Fortunately, he won’t have to wait long as he’ll hit the track during next Friday’s FP1 session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (December 11) before partaking in the end of season young driver test on Tuesday, December 15.