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Mick Schumacher stepping up to F2 after winning F3

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BERLIN (AP) After winning the European Formula 3 championship, Mick Schumacher is making the step up to Formula 2 with the Prema Racing team.

The 19-year-old Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, claimed eight wins, seven pole positions, and 14 podium finishes as he won the overall F3 title in October.

Prema Racing said on Tuesday his move to F2 “represented the next natural step.”

Schumacher, who joined the team in 2016, has worked his way up from F4.

“In all his racing endeavors, his progress has been relentless, which highlights a very good potential for the upcoming challenge,” the team said.

Schumacher will get his first taste of F2 at the postseason tests from Thursday to Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

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WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.