The son of seven time Formula One Championship winner Michael Schumacher, Mick, is to drive for the highly acclaimed Prema team in the European Formula 3 series next season.
Schumacher isn’t unknown to Prema, having already driven for them in German Formula 4, and follows in the footsteps of notable new Formula One drivers Max Verstappen, Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll, both whom made the direct jump from there to the top line of motorsport. They have also won every single team championship title since the category was reborn in 2012, along with winning the GP2 Championship with Pierre Gasly at their first attempt.
He has also been linked to Mercedes, making an appearance at their end of season event in Stuttgart last month.
“F3 will be the ideal step for me to make, and I am totally fired up for the new year to start,” Schumacher said.
“I am also really happy about staying with Prema, because this is such a professional team and I will again be able to learn a lot.
“The next season will surely be challenging, but the tests we’ve been doing in the past weeks proved the F3 car is extremely fun to drive. I can’t wait for 2017 to begin!”
Schumacher’s teammates will include promising British driver Callum Illot and Chinese Ferrari driver Guan Yu Zhou.