Schumacher Deviates From the Family’s Love for Single-Seaters as His F1 Dream Falls Short

Published 02/23/2022, 2:37 AM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

David Schumacher, son of the former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, has seemingly brought about an early end to his pursuit of the sport. It has indeed been a tough stint for David in the single-seaters not being able to find a way past Formula 3 despite competing in it for the last two years.

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The German driver made his way into the third-tier Formula series back in 2019, taking part in two Grand Prix events. Then followed his full-time stint as a Formula 3 driver. In 2020, David joined Charouz Racing System before switching midway to Carlin Buzz Racing.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly during a practice session REUTERS/David W Cerny

But, unfortunately, David shined in neither, as he completed the 2020 season with nil points in hand. Of course, in 2021, David did have a much better season after having made the leap to Trident. Nevertheless, it still wasn’t impressive enough as he secured P11 in the driver’s standings.

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Now, after a rather average couple of years in Formula 3, David has decided to move on from single-seaters and work towards a career in touring cars instead.

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The 20-year-old will now be moving to Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, commonly known as DTM, and will be racing for Team Winward led by Mercedes-AMG. David will partner with champion Max Gotz and Lucas Auer, Gerhard Berger’s nephew over the upcoming season.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

Prior to the commencement of the exciting new venture, David will be taking up a private test in Portimao on Wednesday. Interestingly though, David has already tested a DTM car in the past and even expressed his views on the difference between touring cars and single-seaters cars like the ones in F1 and F2.

The greater weight of the car requires a more fluid handling. Perhaps the biggest change was the ABS braking system, but I adapted quickly,” he said according to Soy Motor.

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Michael Schumacher, Estoril Test, Estoril, 07 July 1997. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

Overall, David is not the first driver from the Schumacher family to be taking part in DTM. Prior to the young German’s soon-to-begin stint, both his father, Ralf Schumacher, and uncle, Michael Schumacher have had the experience of racing in DTM.

His cousin, Mick Schumacher, too, tested for Mercedes-AMG in DTM but instead opted for the Ferrari Driver Academy, which eventually led him to Formula One.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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