(Reuters) – Mick Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of seven-times Method One international champion Michael, received the Eu Method 3 identify at Hockenheim on Saturday with a race to spare.
FILE PHOTO – Method One – F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – August 27, 2017 Mick Schumacher sooner than riding his father Michael Schumacher’s Benetton B194 sooner than the race. REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq/Pool
2nd position within the day’s 2d race used to be sufficient to safe the German’s first junior championship with an unbeatable 347 issues.
It additionally qualifies him to race in Method One subsequent season, even though there are few vacant seats to be had and the following obtrusive step could be Method Two.
Earlier winners of the sequence, which has advanced over time, come with four-times F1 international champion Lewis Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes.
Schumacher’s father received the German F3 identify in 1990, a yr sooner than his Method One debut with the Jordan workforce and next transfer to Benetton.
Mick Schumacher has secured 8 wins in 12 races together with 5 in a row with the Mercedes-powered Prema workforce. He used to be 12th total in his debut season ultimate yr.
“It’s a rather unreal feeling. I’m completely extremely joyful,” mentioned Schumacher, whose first win got here rather overdue within the marketing campaign and at his father’s favourite Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
“I nonetheless can’t rather consider it.”
Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff, who runs the F1 workforce that Schumacher drove for on the finish of his profession, mentioned had nice doable.
“Consideration used to be centered at the teen proper from the beginning, and he used to be beneath a large number of force. It’s no longer simple dealing with all that, particularly if the season does no longer get off to the most productive of begins, as on this case,” mentioned the Austrian.
“His efficiency in the second one part of the season used to be subsequently the entire extra spectacular. He has proven that he has what it takes and that he can turn out to be probably the most greats in our recreation.”
Michael Schumacher, essentially the most a hit driving force in Method One historical past, has no longer been observed in public since he suffered critical head accidents in a snowboarding coincidence in France in December 2013.
The previous Ferrari driving force’s privateness is intently guarded on the circle of relatives’s house in Switzerland.
Reporting by way of Alan 1st earl baldwin of bewdley, enhancing by way of Neville Dalton