The head of the Ferrari Driver Academy has admitted he would love the team to add Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, to their programme.
The 17-year-old is one of the rising stars in motorsport and will make the step up to F3 this year having finished runner-up in both the Italian F4 championship and the ADAC F4 championship in 2016. F3 has become a more and more important environment for young drivers to prove themselves, with both Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen making the jump directly to driving in F1.
Massimo Rivola, manager of the Italian’s academy set-up, admits Ferrari will be watching Schumacher’s progress closely, claiming they have been impressed with what they have seen so far, both in and out of the car.
Rivola told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Obviously we follow him. “And this year we will have the opportunity to stay very close to Mick because he will be the teammate of our FDA driver, [Guan Yu] Zhou, in the Prema team. “About his future, I don’t know what Mick will decide to do. But if he would like to enter the FDA programme, he will find a red carpet.”
However it has been noted that Mercedes are also keeping a close eye on the young Schumacher.