The son of the record world champion will drive in Formula 1 for the first time on Friday. He could follow in the footsteps of Raikkonen and Vettel next season.
Mick Schumacher takes the next step towards Formula 1: On Friday he will make his first appearance in the premier class of motorsport. In training to the Eifel GP on the Nürburgring darf the German instead of Antonio GiThevinazzi in the cockpit of Alfa-Sauber-Bolidens Platz to take.
It shouldn’t stop with this training alone. Many are firmly expecting that the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher will compete in Formula 1 next season. “It would be the next logical step,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto recently. The Alfa-Romeo-Sauber team from Hinwil is in pole position for the first stop in the big racing circuit.
He leads Formula 2
So far, however, Schumacher’s final ascent has always been linked to one major condition. «First Mick has to win Formula 2 or perform well»Says Alfa team boss Frederic Vasseur last December compared to the “Blick”.
Now the 21-year-old, who is in Ferrari’s junior squad, is well on the way to meeting this requirement. In his second season in Formula 2 he made ten podium finishes, clinched two victories and leads the standings with two races still to go with a 22-point lead.
Does that follow the move to Alfa, Ferrari’s partner team, where he could build his F1 career? The contracts of the pilots Giovinazzi and veteran Kimi Räikkönen have not been confirmed for next season. There is speculation, in particular, about the Italian that he will have to vacate his cockpit in the Sauber racing team. The Italian is in his second season and has only got two World Cup points this year.
Alfa team boss Vasseur has been full of praise for Schumacher junior for a long time and is not afraid to announce this. Last week, after announcing the Formula 1 debut in Friday’s practice session, Vasseur raved: “There is no doubt that Mick is one of the greatsstalent, his latest results have shown that. He’s obviously quick, but he’s also consistent and mature – all hallmarks of one coming Champions in the making.»
Upcoming champions – that’s what the racing team in Hinwil is familiar with. Sauber is considered a talent factory. The two world champions Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel started their successful careers here, and the current Ferrari hope Charles Leclerc also drove for Alfa first. Other names such as Robert Kubica, Nico Hülkenberg and Felipe Massa also come from the Sauber factory.
It is not yet clear whether Schumacher junior will be able to follow a similar path one day. But the omens are right, and the right team would be ready.
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