Michael Schumacher's son Mick claims European Formula Three title

16 October, 2018, 13:43 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Mick Schumacher son of Formula One superstar Michael Schumacher celebrates claiming the European Formula 3 Championship

Mick Schumacher has secured eight wins in 12 races including five in a row with the Mercedes-powered Prema team.

A maximum 25 points will be up for grabs in each race.

"It's hard to describe, I'm just grateful, I'm living my dream", he said.

Schumacher had finished 12th in Saturday morning's race after an early crash forced him into the pits.

Schumacher's father won the German F3 title in 1990, a year before his F1 debut with the Eddie Jordan team.

Schumacher scored his maiden win in the third race of the season at Oschersleben for the Van Amersfoort Racing team, but eventually finished tenth overall after only two podium places.

Before Monday's (NZ time) finale, Schumacher has moved 51 points clear of his nearest rival, Britain's Daniel Ticktum, and can no longer be caught in the third-tier racing series to clinch the first title of his young career.

The presence of the German teenager with the famous name generated huge media interest in F3 this season.

In September he racked up five straight wins, three on Germany's Nuerburgring followed by the first two at Austria's Spielberg circuit, to seize control of the drivers' championship. The 19-year-old has been tipped by many to trace his father's footsteps in F1.

"What this team has achieved over the previous year is unbelievable".

To avoid attention he raced as "Mick Betsch", using his mother Corinna's maiden name.

His father suffered life-threatening injuries after a skiing accident in France in 2013 with Mick - who was only 14-years-old at the time -present.

The former Ferrari driver was taken out of his coma in 2014 and has not been seen in public, remaining closely guarded at the family's home in Switzerland.

The German was undoubtedly the standout driver of the second half of the season.

Mick is now qualified to do the same but with few racing seats currently available in the highest racing class, could instead progress to Formula 2.



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