Quick Mick closer to F1

Next gen­er­a­tion of Schum­cher set to dom­i­nate

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MICK Schu­macher is poised to em­u­late the ex­ploits of his fa­mous fa­ther and claim his first For­mula Three ti­tle this week­end — and take a likely step to­wards For­mula One.

Af­ter nine of 10 rounds, the teenage son of stricken sev­en­time For­mula One world cham­pion Michael Schu­macher leads the ju­nior F3 driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship by 49 points, with 25 more up for grabs in each of the fi­nal three races this week­end at the Hock­en­heim cir­cuit.

The 19-year-old Ger­man is stay­ing calm ahead of the races - two to­day and one to­mor­row - on the Ger­man cir­cuit.

“I will still go one step at a time and only look from race to race,” Schu­macher said.

His fa­ther has not made a pub­lic ap­pear­ance since suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous head in­juries in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in De­cem­ber 2013 and is re­cov­er­ing at the fam­ily home in Switzer­land.

The Schu­macher name has brought a huge amount of me­dia at­ten­tion to the For­mula Three cir­cuit and the young driver for the Prema Theodore Rac­ing team.

“It opens doors, but you still have to prove what you can do,” said Schu­macher, who has taken con­trol of the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onships with five straight wins and a sec­ond place in his Past six races.

More podium places this week­end would hand young Schu­macher his first ma­jor ti­tle - and open the door to rac­ing in For­mula One.

A top-two fin­ish in the fi­nal For­mula 3 stand­ings would see Schu­macher qual­ify for a FIA “su­per li­cence”, a pre­req­ui­site for the jump to For­mula One.

Schu­macher has never made a se­cret of his am­bi­tion to fol­low in his fa­mous fa­ther’s foot­steps.

“I fo­cus on my­self and do not look at the other driv­ers, every­one has their own de­vel­op­ment, so you can’t com- pare,” he told AFP sub­sidiary SID in 2017.

Hav­ing stood on the podium af­ter 12 of the 27 races this sea­son, Schu­macher Ju­nior has been im­pres­sive in the past nine races, fin­ish­ing in the top three on eight oc­ca­sions.

His 2018 cam­paign re­ally took off af­ter his first win this sea­son in July on Bel­gium’s Spa cir­cuit, a track where his fa­ther won the For­mula One Grand Prix a record six times.

Pic­ture: AFP

SUN OF A GUN: Mick Schu­macher can se­cure the For­mula Three ti­tle this week­end.

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