Schu­macher steps up to F2 with Prema

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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.

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