The Daily Star (Lebanon)

‘Michael’s genes’: Schumacher lifts F3 title

- MOTOR

HOCKENHEIM, Germany: Mick Schumacher is tipped to carry the famous surname into Formula One as the newly-crowned European Formula Three champion finished the season with his 14th podium placing Sunday.

The 19-year-old son of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher took second in the final race of the 2018 season at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit.

Having already been confirmed European F3 champion Saturday, Schumacher finished the last race of 2018 behind his Prema teammate Robert Shwartzman for his 14th podium place in the 30-race season, with seven wins.

“Mick has the racing genes of Michael,” said Gerhard Berger, boss of the German Touring Car championsh­ip. “If he can continue to deliver performanc­es like these, then he will find his way into Formula One.”

The head of Mercedes motorsport was equally impressed as Schumacher enjoyed a phenomenal second half of the season by picking up five straight wins last month to seize control of the drivers’ championsh­ip.

“He can be a big name in our sport,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said. “The boy was in the spotlight from the beginning and was under huge pressure, it’s far from easy to deal with that.”

Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport declared there is an “heir to the Schumacher dynasty” – 14 years after Michael Schumacher’s last F1 world title and 28 years after he was crowned German F3 champions, at two years older than Mick is now.

For the teenager with the one of the most famous surnames in motorsport, the first major title of his career was “a nice feeling and confirmati­on that we’re doing something right,” he said, making sure to thank his Prema team for their support.

Schumacher has qualified for a FIA “super license,” a prerequisi­te to race in Formula One, and is weighing up whether to move up to Formula Two or higher.

“Not yet,” he replied when asked if he has decided about his future, but revealed talks are in progress.

Schumacher’s success has generated huge interest in F3.

Saturday night, he was interviewe­d live by German national broadcaste­r ZDF, yet the condition of his father was not addressed.

Michael Schumacher, 49, has not been seen in public since suffering serious head injuries during a skiing accident in December 2013 while skiing with Mick and his condition is a secret closely guarded by his family. –

 ??  ?? Schumacher celebrates after winning the Formula Three European Championsh­ip at Hockenheim.
Schumacher celebrates after winning the Formula Three European Championsh­ip at Hockenheim.

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