Ferrari has announced this year’s Ferrari Driving Academy, its young driver program, which now include a pair of famous surnames from the Scuderia’s past.
Mick Schumacher (pictured), whose father Michael won five of his seven world championships with Ferrari, officially becomes part of the Italian marque’s affiliated drivers, having earned his place with a strong European Formula 3 campaign. The 19-year-old scored eight victories en route to the 2018 title.
The other 2019 FDA drivers are Giuliano Alesi (son of Ferrari racing legend Jean Alesi), a multiple race winner in GP3; Callum Ilott — who like Schumacher and Alesi will race in Formula 2 this season; Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman, racing in FIA Formula 3, Enzo Fittipaldi, racing in FIA Formula Regional (Europe), and Gianluca Petecof in FIA Formula 4 (Italy and Germany).
These up-and-coming racers join an illustrious list of Ferrari Driver Academy alumni, including new Scuderia driver Charles Leclerc, 2019 Sauber driver Antonio Giovinazzi, and the late Jules Bianchi.
“I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red, being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari family,” Mick Schumacher said. “Again, this is another step forward in the right direction, and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there. Be sure I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my dream, racing in Formula 1.
“It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well. At this stage it is however also time to say thank you to my family, friends and partners who supported me all along and helped me arrive at this point.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto added: “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning, but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
Schumacher will dovetail his FDA commitments with his rookie season in F2, which he’ll contest with the Prema squad that carried him to his F3 championship.