Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, says his childhood dream came true after Wednesday’s announcement that he will drive Formula 1 for the first time with Haas next season. “It’s amazing and it certainly hasn’t leaked yet,” the 21-year-old said at a press conference. “I’m glad it was decided – I’ve been chasing this dream since I was three years old.” Schumacher junior will partner Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, another Formula 1 rookie, in the Haas lineup.
Haas Team Director Guenther Steiner greeted his new riders by tweeting: “Super excited to have two rookies on our team for next year! Welcome, Mick!”
They replace the current couple of Haas drivers, Romain Grosjean – who escaped a fire accident during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday – and Kevin Magnussen.
Haas will count on his 2021 duo to prove his courage on the track after Grosjean and Magnussen’s frugal frugality of just three points between them this campaign with two races to go.
Schumacher has shone in Formula Two this season and leads the standings by 14 points after achieving 10 podiums and race wins in Monza and Sochi.
He’ll get a taste of what’s going on at the elite level when he takes part in the Haas free practice ahead of the 2020 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 11 before taking part in testing a few days later.
Confirming the news 24 hours after Mazepin’s appointment, Haas announced that it had signed Schumacher “as part of a multi-year agreement.”
“It’s definitely a new challenge,” added Schumacher.
“I can’t wait to see what it looks like – how to improve and develop a car from start to finish of the year.”
The German has said he is ready to receive enormous media attention as he prepares to follow in his illustrious father’s footsteps.
“I have been in the limelight since my childhood, mostly because I chose the sport, but so far I have accepted it. The results speak for themselves,” he added. .
“This attention has always been normal for me. The important thing is to have people who tell you the truth, who keep you grounded and help you along the way.
“And I’m lucky to have people like that around me.”
Steiner said the Formula 2 Championship has long served as a testing ground for talents to show their credentials.
He added: “Mick has won races, won podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020.
“I firmly believe that he deserved the opportunity to move into Formula 1 thanks to his performances.
“We are putting our building blocks in place for the continued long term growth of the team and I look forward to Mick’s contributions on and off track in this process.”
The Schumacher family fiercely protects the privacy of Mick and his distressed father.
Michael Schumacher has not been seen in public since he sustained a serious head injury in a skiing accident in December 2013.
His wife Corinna, Mick’s mother, released a rare statement on the Formula 1 legend’s 50th birthday in January 2019, saying the family were doing “everything humanly possible” to help her husband.
Schumacher paid tribute to his parents by saying: “I owe them everything”.
British driver Lewis Hamilton won his seventh Formula 1 world title this year to tie Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
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