Mick Schumacher will compete in F2 with Prema Racing in 2019



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Mick Schumacher took a step closer to following his famous father Michael and Uncle Ralf for F1 with the news that he will continue his rapid rise in the automobile race and will compete in F2 with Prema Racing next season …

Schumacher Jnr, whose legendary father won seven F1 titles, enjoyed a memorable 2018, winning eight victories, 14 podiums and the European F3 title, as well as praise from five-time world champions Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.

The 19-year-old talent now makes the obvious step for F2 and will continue his partnership with Prema Racing, the team with which he won the European F3 title this year and also helped Ferrari's Leclerc win the F2 title. season of debut in 2017.

In doing so, he will return the Schumacher name to a Grand Prix weekend schedule for the first time since Michael gave up on Brazil 2012, making his art under the noses of the F1 team bosses.

"I'm really looking forward to my next season with Prema at FIA Formula 2 – a logical step on my way to my sport, in my opinion, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills," said Schumacher.

"For me, it was very clear to enter Formula 2 with Prema. I can not thank the Prema family enough for what we got together as a team, especially this year as we continue to develop together. I am also very excited to conduct the Formula 2 test in Abu Dhabi. "

Schumacher – who has been part of the Italian team since 2016, starting in Formula 4 – will take part in the F2 post-season tests in Abu Dhabi this week.

Rene Rosin, Team Principal at Prema, added: "We are proud to host Mick in our Formula 2 operation in 2019. He is an extremely talented and dedicated rider, working with him is a pleasure and we can not wait to start this adventure together .

"This championship is not easy because of its learning curve for beginners, especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think Mick has the maturity and skills to do it. We are excited about the beginning of the next chapter of his career and we are happy to be a part of it. "

Schumacher, who will partner with Sebastian Vettel in the next race of the Nations Cup, was not the confirmed driver for F2 next season, on Tuesday. Nikita Mazepin, who has participated in several test sessions for Force India this year, was announced as half of the team of the ART Grand Prix champion in 2019.

Exciting times …

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