Don’t look now, but another Schumacher is just about ready to make his debut in Formula 1. And he’s coming fast.
Ferrari F1 team principal Mattia Binotto believez that Mick Schumacher has a good chance of stepping up to Formula 1 in 2021.
Schumacher, the 21-year-old son of former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, is now one of three prominent members of the Ferrari Driver Development Academy currently racing in Formula 2. Schumacher, fresh from a win last week at Monza, is second in the F2 standings. Two other racers in the Ferrari stable, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman, are 1-3 in the F2 standings.
Earlier, it was repoted that Schumacher would get a Friday practice outing this weekend at Mugello for a Ferrari-linked team, but that was wide of the mark. However, Binotto told the German broadcaster RTL on Friday that the young German will indeed get a Friday morning session at some point in 2021.
“We are very happy that he is performing so well in Formula 2,” Binotto said. “His focus must also continue to be on F2, because he is fighting for the championship there. But I think that Mick has a good chance of possibly driving in Formula 1 next year.”
With Ferrari’s seats filled for 2021 with drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr., it is believed that Schumacher, Illot and Shwartzman are all in consideration for seats at Ferrari technical partners Haas and Alfa Romeo,
“I am glad to be among the potential candidates,” Russian Shwartzman said at Mugello. “I’m sure I’ll be ready if I am given the chance.”
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