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.”