Ferrari says it would welcome Mick Schumacher with a “red carpet” if the German shows interest in joining its young driver programme.
Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael, has made an impressive start to his junior single-seater career, finishing second in both Italian and German F4 championships.
The 17-year-old will step up to European Formula 3 this year with frontrunners Prema, who have won the teams’ title for four consecutive years.
Having followed Schumacher’s progress through the single-seater ladder, Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) manager Massimo Rivola,says he would be more than happy to induct the rising star into the Prancing Horse’s driver programme.
“Obviously we are following him,” Rivola told Gazzetta dello Sport. “This year we will have the opportunity to be very close to Mick, because he will be teammate of our FDA driver [Guan Yu] Zhou.\
“About his future, I don’t know what Mick will decide to do. But if he would like to enter the FDA program, he will find a red carpet.”
Rivola also praised how Schumacher dealt with people outside the race track, despite the obvious pressure of being the son of F1’s most successful driver.
“Mick seems to be very polite and he’s not full of himself,” he said. “He’s very young and he must manage the great media pressure. But he is doing it very well.”
by Rachit Thukral