Prema Powerteam announced its fifth driver for the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season: Mick Schumacher. The 18-year-old German who finished third in the rookie ranking last year will contest his second season for the Italian squad.
In early 2017, Schumacher switched to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship as ADAC Formula 4 Vice-Champion and immediately felt comfortable. In the first race of the season at Silverstone he finished eighth to score points right away – and in the second round of the Silverstone weekend he upped the ante to place sixth. A short time later, at Monza, he delivered in even better style: He secured the third grid position in the second qualifying session and clinched the same result in the second race. During the course of the season he added further top-10 results to his tally and in the end he finished 12th in the championship and third in the rookie ranking.
“The competition in Formula 3 is tough, strong and tight; fighting at this level is enriching, that’s why I very much am looking forward to racing here for another season,” said Mick Schumacher. “The fact that I can continue working with a professional team such as Prema can only help me make the next steps. The team is great to work with and I’m convinced we can experience some more exciting moments together. I’m committed to making further progress and want to fight at the top with the best drivers.”
His Team Principal, René Rosin, also is looking forward to the coming season, with Schumacher racing one of his five single-seaters. “We are happy and proud to have Mick with us again for 2018. Last year he faced a challenging debut season, moving up from Formula 4, but he showed great personality and huge potential, so we fully expect him to make further gains this season. We will be lining up five cars in an increased effort for 2018 and we expect this to be an exciting season. We are determined to put up our best efforts in order to stay in the hunt for more success.”
In addition to Schumacher, the two Formula 3 veterans Guanyu Zhou and Ralf Aron, and two rookies Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong also will represent the Prema Powerteam colours in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. It will kick off in mid-May at the street circuit of Pau, Southern France.