Mick Schumacher, the 15-year-old son of seven-time Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher, has signed a contract to drive with a Dutch team in the Formula 4 series, a circuit for young drivers, the Guardian reported on Monday.
The younger Schumacher finished second in the world, European and German kart championships last year, competing as Mick Junior or under his mother's maiden name. He will debut for Van Amersfoort Racing on April 25-26 in Ochersleben, Germany. He will be 16 at the time.
“We have watched his skills in test driving and are looking forward to a successful season,” team owner Frits van Amersfoort told the Guardian.
Formula 4, a new category for single-seat racing under International Automobile Federation standards, is meant to help develop young drivers who have a karting background.
According to van Amersfoort, over the last few years the team has offered the runner-up in the German kart league a test session in the team's simulator. After reviewing his test session as well as a session in Valencia, van Amersfoort said the team and Schumacher reached a deal to race together this year on the Formula 4 circuit.
Mick Schumacher's father, Michael, is the winningest Formula One driver in Formula One history, and holds several other records in the league. The elder Schumacher's brother, Ralf, was also a Formula One driver and remains involved in the circuit.
- Phil Watson