Ferrari is leaving open the prospect of taking on Mick Schumacher after a recent upturn in form has given the son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael a strong chance of winning the European Formula 3 championship.
Mick Schumacher secured his first victory in F3 at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of July, and has since gone on to record a run of six victories in 10 races. That form included a clean sweep at the Nurburgring last weekend and Schumacher is just three points behind championship leader Dan Ticktum with six races remaining.
With 20 Super License points already to his name, Schumacher will secure the FIA Super License required to race in Formula 1 if he finishes the season in the top three this season, catching the eye of a number of F1 teams.
“Concerning Mick Schumacher, the most important thing is to let him grow without giving pressure,” Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said. “The recent results were very very good and I wish him a great career. With a name like this that wrote the historical pages of Ferrari history, I think the door at Maranello is always open of course, but without burning the step — that is a Schumacher family decision.
“But, let the guys have fun. I always repeat this — being focused, concentrated but at the same time have fun and to grow up slowly but certainly. Then we will see about the future. How can you say no, in Maranello, to a name like this?”
Ferrari customers Haas and Sauber both still have vacancies for 2019, although Haas is expected to retain its current line-up of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Team principal Guenther Seiner says there is no rush for Schumacher to try and reach F1, with Sauber’s Frederic Vasseur agreeing that Formula 2 is a more logical step for him next year.
“I think there is quite a hype about Mick Schumacher and he’s doing very well at the moment in Formula 3,” Steiner said. “We, at the moment, as a young team, we prefer to go with drivers with experience, but I think there is a future for Mick Schumacher in Formula 1 so let’s see what he’s doing in the next years and what his plans are. Maybe he doesn’t want to go straight to Formula 1.”