Schumacher steps up to F2 with Prema
Formula 3 European champion Mick Schumacher will step up to Formula 2 for next season, and should be joined in the category by newly crowned GP3
Series title winner Anthoine Hubert.
Schumacher’s (below) deal to join Prema Racing – the sister team to the Prema Powerteam squad with which he claimed F3 honours – was announced as Autosport went to press on Tuesday. He will join Sean Gelael in the line-up to replace Nyck de Vries, who looks set to shuffle across to ART Grand Prix for next season to partner GP3 runner-up Nikita Mazepin. The German gets his first taste of F2 power in this week’s Abu Dhabi test, from Thursday to Saturday.
Frenchman Hubert – who is affiliated to the Renault Formula 1 team but is not yet a full junior of the squad – had previously claimed that impressing Renault was key to stepping up to F2. He has used the team’s simulator this year and joined the team for fitness training. He will drive on all three days of the Yas Marina test with Dutch team MP Motorsport.
“I think it’s really close to being sure that I will be on the grid next year – there are not many other opportunities in other categories,” said the 22-yearold on his title-clinching weekend in Abu Dhabi. “I think I will be there – I’m just not sure what team.”
Elsewhere in the test, new Mclaren protege Sergio Sette Camara is to join DAMS after his season with Carlin, and is understood to be almost certain to join the French squad for next season. He will run at the test alongside the experienced Nicholas Latifi.
Carlin, which wrapped up the F2 teams’ title with Sette Camara and Lando Norris in Abu Dhabi, has already confirmed one signing for 2019: Hondabacked Nobuharu Matsushita returns to Europe after one season competing in Super Formula in his native Japan. According to sources, he will be joined in Carlin’s test line-up by Louis Deletraz.
Russian Time is understood to have sold its entry after six years at GP2/F2 level and will be replaced by a new squad. This will be represented at the test by Luca Ghiotto, with F3 graduate and Ferrari protege Guan Yu Zhou tipped to join the Italian.