F1 revved up for a Schumi re­vival

Son of rac­ing le­gend blaz­ing a path to the sport’s top tier in For­mula Three

Daily Dispatch - - Sport -

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 seven-time 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, near Hei­del­berg.

The 19-year-old Ger­man is stay­ing calm ahead of the races on the Ger­man cir­cuit.

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

Pic­ture: HARDY GERTZ/BONGARTS/GETTY IMAGES

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Mick Schu­macher of Ger­many looks set to fol­low in his father’s foot­steps, if he wins the For­mula Three Cham­pi­onship

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