MILAN (AP) Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, has taken the next step in his motor racing career by signing with Italy’s Prema Powerteam for the coming Formula 4 season.
The team has entries in both the Italian and German Formula 4 championships in 2016, and said Friday it is yet to decide which one he will compete in.
Schumacher, who turns 17 next month, competed with Van Amersfoort Racing in the 2015 German Formula 4 season.
While his new team Prema has close ties to the Ferrari Driver Academy, Schumacher will not be part of that program despite his father’s celebrated history with Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher remains in secluded recovery from serious head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in December 2013.
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Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.