“Has a Chance of Driving in F1 Next Year”- Binotto Confirms Mick Schumacher Will Get a Practice Outing

Published 09/12/2020, 3:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – August 14, 2020 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference | Courtesy: Reuters


Talks are going around in the paddock that current Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher might get a seat in F1 for next season. There were speculations that the F2 driver will get a practice session during the Tuscan Grand Prix. But the reality turned out different than what was expected.

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But Ferrari team’s Principal, Mattia Binotto revealed that Mick will get sessions to drive the F1 car later this year. He also opened up about Mick’s chances of competing in F1 by next year.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2020, Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto | Courtesy: Reuters

Mick Schumacher, son of the seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher, has been performing well at F2 at the moment. He managed to win the race last weekend at the Italian Grand Prix after starting the race from P7. He is currently driving for the team PREMA Racing.

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Mattia Binotto mentioned that he is planning to give Mick Schumacher enough training in F1 before the next season.

I think that Mick has a chance of possibly driving in Formula 1 next year“, said the team principal. “He should be prepared for this with a deployment in a real F1 session“.

Binotto also spoke out on Mick’s performance at F2 this year. “We are very happy that he is performing so well in Formula 2. His focus must also continue to be on the F2 because he is fighting for the championship there,” said Binotto.

(Note: All quotes have been translated from German to English using Google Translate)

Mick will still be given another F1 car to drive around the circuit this weekend. He will be driving his father’s Ferrari F2004 once again, as Ferrari will be racing in their 1000th GP this weekend.

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How is Mick Schumacher faring in F2 this year?

Mick Schumacher driving at the Austrian Grand Prix, 2020

Mick moved up to the F2 in 2019 by driving with PREMA Racing. His performances weren’t particularly impressive as he ended up 12th in standings at the end of the season. But since the 2020 season started, he has been on top of his game. He managed to get his first win last weekend at the Italian Grand Prix apart from the six podiums he had already scored in this season.

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Mick is currently P2 in the driver’s standings and is fighting for the championship with Callum Ilott. Schumacher’s team-mate, Robert Shwartzman is also in the championship fight with just 3 points behind Mick.

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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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