Kalmost thirty years after Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 debut, his son Mick will start in the premier class of motorsport. The Haas racing team announced Wednesday in Bahrain that the 21-year-old will be the regular driver for the 2021 season. He has received a contract for several years, the exact duration has not been specified. “I firmly believe that his performance earned him the opportunity to enter Formula 1. As a team, we have the opportunity to evaluate and promote a new driver because we know our racing package for 2021. I look forward to seeing you. receive Mick’s contributions on and off the track, “said team boss Günter Steiner.
“The prospect of being in Formula 1 next year makes me incredibly happy and I am simply speechless,” said Mick Schumacher after official confirmation of the commitment. “I would like to thank the Haas F1 Team, the Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for trusting me. I also want to express my love for my parents – I know I owe them everything. I have always believed that I would make my Formula 1 dream come true. As always, I will give my all and I am looking forward to this journey with Haas F1 and them. “
Schumacher will drive with the starting number 47. He decided on this number because the 4 had already been assigned to the British McLaren driver Lando Norris and the 7 to the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen. “4 and 7 are both my favorite numbers,” the 21-year-old said Wednesday. So it went down to 47, mostly because there’s a special math feature. “If you add up all of our family’s birthdays, you get 47,” he said. His first phone call after reaching a deal with Haas was to his family. “Of course you were happy with me. We are looking forward to next year. “For him a dream has come true. “Obviously it’s an incredible feeling. I certainly haven’t made it 100 percent yet. I’m happy it will start soon, “said Schumacher.
His father, who had a serious skiing accident at the end of December 2013, first attended a Grand Prix (in Belgium) at the end of summer 1991 at the age of 22. This mid-season mission to Jordan was a surprise. This is followed by the move to Benetton for the next race and, in thirteen years, the rise to world record with seven titles. Mick Schumacher’s promotion to the elite class is the preliminary ending of a straight line training over the past six years. The German, who grew up in Switzerland and often socialized with racing on the kart track in Kerpen-Manheim in his father’s hometown, has demonstrated his ability to learn and succeed after finishing second in the world karting championship in the formula classes. His overall victory in Formula 3 encouraged Schumacher Junior to have what it takes to become a Formula 1 driver and continue to pursue his dream.