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Ferrari would offer Schumacher Jr. a ‘red carpet’ to join driver academy

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Ferrari would offer Mick Schumacher a “red carpet” to join its young driver academy in the future should he wish to.

The son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, Schumacher Jr. is set to race in Formula 3 this year with Prema Powerteam.

The 17-year-old finished second in both the German and Italian F4 series last year, and has been linked with a possible move into a Formula 1 team’s young driver program in the future.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Ferrari Driver Academy manager Massimo Rivola said he would be closely monitoring Schumacher’s progress in F3 this year.

“Obviously we are following him,” Rivola said. “This year we will have the opportunity to be very close to Mick, because he will be teammate of our FDA driver [Guan Yu] Zhou.

“About his future, I don’t know what Mick will decide to do. But if he would like to enter the FDA program, he will find a red carpet.”

Rivola was full of praise for Schumacher’s manner and handling of the media, the latter given the level of scrutiny that comes with having a father who spent much of his life in the spotlight.

“Mick seems to be very polite and he’s not full of himself,” Rivola said.

“He’s very young and he must manage the great media pressure. But he is doing it very well.”

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”