Berlin, Dec 2 (efe-epa).- A famous name is set to return to Formula One circuit next year after Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, confirmed he would be racing for Haas.
The 21-year-old German is currently leading the F2 championship. He is set to race alongside Russian driver Nikita Mazepin for Haas.
“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless,” Schumacher said in a statement.
“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents — I know that I owe them everything. I have always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula 1.
“A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there who have supported me throughout my career. I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them.”
Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner said he “firmly believed” that Schumacher had earned the opportunity to move up to F1.
“We are putting in place our building blocks for the continued long-term growth of the team and I look forward to Mick’s contributions both on and off the track in that process,” he added.
Schumacher is on the cusp of taking this year’s F2 championship with Italian team Prema. He has just two races left in Bahrain.
The Ferrari Academy driver had long been expected to take his seat in F1.
He made his F2 debut in 2019 and got a taste of modern F1 cars during a testing session in Bahrain that year, Haas said in the statement.