Reigning European Formula 3 Champion Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael, is reportedly close to agreeing to join Ferrari’s young driver academy.
Sources close to the team believe that the 19-year-old is close to signing a deal to become a Ferrari academy driver, following in the footsteps of Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Ferrari have previously expressed their interest in continuing their association with the Schumacher name, with Michael having raced for them from 1996-2006, a period which brought five drivers’ championship titles and six constructors’ championships.
With no previous affiliation to a F1 team, this will be the next step in Mick Schumacher’s goal of emulating his father and reaching Formula One.
Having successfully beaten Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum to the last season’s European Formula 3 crown, Schumacher will participate in the Formula 2 championship in 2019.
Continuing his association with the Prema team, he will race alongside Sean Gelael, who has taken part in various test sessions for Toro Rosso and has a best result of second place in the 2018 Monaco Feature Race in the Formula 2 championship.
If confirmed, Schumacher would join Briton Callum Ilott and New Zealander Marcus Armstrong as Ferrari Academy Drivers.
Ilott managed third place in the GP3 Series in 2018, whilst Armstrong competed in the same series as Schumacher last season, finishing fifth in the championship.