Schu­macher Jr wins For­mula Three Eu­ro­pean ti­tle

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Mick Schu­macher, the son of record For­mula One world cham­pion Michael Schu­macher, has be­come the first Ger­man driver to win the For­mula

Three Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onship. Schu­macher, 19, fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Es­to­nian Juri Vips yes­ter­day on the Hock­en­heim cir­cuit in the sea­son’s penul­ti­mate race. Be­fore to­day’s fi­nale, Schu­macher has moved 51 points clear of his near­est ri­val, Bri­tain’s Daniel Tick­tum, and can no longer be caught in the thirdtier rac­ing se­ries.

The ti­tle gives Schu­macher enough points to gain a su­per li­cence al­low­ing him to com­pete in For­mula One. How­ever, a move into F1 rac­ing next sea­son has been ruled out. Schu­macher and his man­age­ment aim to con­tinue rac­ing at ju­nior level, al­though a move into For­mula Two or the Ja­panese Su­per For­mula se­ries is thought to be a pos­si­bil­ity. Schu­macher joins the likes of four-time For­mula One world cham­pion Alain Prost of France and for­mer F1 driver Ric­cardo Pa­trese of Italy to have won the F3 Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onship. Cur­rent F1 driv­ers Este­ban Ocon and Lance Stroll are also F3 Eu­ro­pean cham­pi­ons.

Michael Schu­macher won the F3 Ger­man ti­tle in 1990 be­fore start­ing his For­mula One ca­reer a year later. The seven-time For­mula 1 cham­pion ended his ca­reer in 2012 and has not made a pub­lic ap­pear­ance since suf­fer­ing se­vere head in­juries in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in late 2013.

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