Schumacher returns to Formula 1, Mick signs with Haas
First Published Dec 2, 2020, 2:45 PM IST
Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the Formula 1 circuit, having won record seven championships to date, with Benetton and Ferrari. He retired in 2012, while his son, Mick, is currently racing in the Formula 2 circuit, leading the season by 14 points.
In what could be considered a fresh piece of excellent news for Formula 1 (F1) fans, they will see the return of Schumacher in the circuit. However, it would be the junior version of him, as Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, is all set to race from next season, having signed for Haas F1 Team.
Schumacher, who is a record seven-time world champion with Benetton and Ferrari, retired from the circuit in 2012. Meanwhile, he is struggling with his health of late, after suffering severe brain damages while skiing, in 2013, as he has been bed-ridden ever since.
As for Mick, he is currently aged 21 and is leading in the Formula 2 racing for the season by 14 points. With a race to go, he looks to finish the season on a high, having won twice among the 10 podium finishes. Meanwhile, both Mick and Haas expressed their delight on having signed him for the upcoming season.
"I'm very pleased that we're able to confirm Mick Schumacher in our driver line-up for next season and I look forward to welcoming him into the team. The Formula 2 Championship has long served as a proving ground for talent to showcase their credentials and this year's field has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive in recent seasons. Mick has won races, collected podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020," said Guenther Steiner, Haas Team Principal.
"I firmly believe he's earned the opportunity to graduate into Formula 1 based on his performances. We have an opportunity ahead of us, as a team, to evaluate and nurture a new driver given our familiarity with our race package heading into 2021. We are putting in place our building blocks for the continued long-term growth of the team and I look forward to Mick's contributions, both on and off the track, in that process," Steiner added.
"The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I'm simply speechless. I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy, for placing their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents – I know that I owe them everything," said Mick.
"I have always believed that I would realise my dream of Formula 1. A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there, who have supported me throughout my career. I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them," Mick added.
Overall, Mick would be the third driver from the family. Schumacher's brother and Mick's uncle, Ralf, participated in 180 races from 1997-07, as he won six.