On the heels of his FIA Formula 3 championship, Prema Racing announced that Mick Schumacher will move up for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season.
The 19-year-old German scored eight wins, seven pole positions and 14 podium finishes en route to capturing the overall title in 2018. Schumacher has been a part of the Italian team since 2016 and progressed up the full single-seater ladder from Formula 4, F3 European Championship and now Formula 2.
His first taste of the F2 2019 car will be this week during the postseason tests at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“I’m really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2 — a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills,” Schumacher said.
“For me, it was very clear to go into Formula 2 with Prema. I can’t thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together. I’m also really excited to drive the Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi.”
Said team principal René Rosin, “We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019. He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can’t wait to begin this adventure together.
“This championship is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it. We are excited for the start of the next chapter in his career and we are happy to be part of it.”
It was announced last week that Schumacher will partner Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany at January’s Race of Champions in Mexico City, following in the footsteps of his father Michael.