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Mick Schumacher has a choice to make between Ferrari or Mercedes 

rehaan díaz
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Mick Schumacher will contest in F2 in 2019 with Prema Racing
Mick Schumacher will contest in F2 in 2019 with Prema Racing

Mick Schumacher's team is sorted for next year, but where is he going to drive in the near future? Mercedes or Ferrari?

There is a strong possibility of him following in his dad’s footsteps to Maranello, with ripe speculations of him joining Ferrari's young driver programme.

Schumacher will be piloting in Formula 2 Championship in 2019 with the Prema Powerteam. Prema also gave Charles Leclerc a chance and is seen as a direct conduit to Scuderia Ferrari.

Schumacher's career has garnered the interest of sponsors and manufacturers alike, especially after his performances in 2018 in F2.

Both Mercedes and Ferrari are keeping a keen eye on Mick and have reportedly offered him long-term deals, knowing that his name would definitely drive more interest to F1 and the constructor he drives for.

It is to be noted that Micheal Schumacher's debut with Jordan was funded by Mercedes too and current Mercedes has expressed interest in Mick's future. "I have no doubt he has the potential to be a successful driver in Formula 1. Maybe one day with us, maybe not."

It comes as surprise though that Red Bull, another team with a junior driver programme that has had Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniel Ricciardo in their fold is not particularly interested in the young German.

Red Bull actually had trouble to find a second driver for Toro Rosso after Pierre Gasly was promoted to the senior team earlier this year following Ricciardo’s departure.

Red Bull motorsport consultant Dr. Helmut Marko has stated that he never considered Schumacher for a place in the team's junior driver programme.

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Mick Schumacher clinched the Formula 3 title by pulling off a late purple patch of 5 race wins to overhaul longtime championship leader Dan Ticktum – who interestingly is backed by Red Bull. Losing out on the F3 title came at a cost. Ticktum consequently lacked the aggregate points necessary to be eligible for an F1 superlicence.

Toro Rosso had to turn instead to Alexander Albon to race for them in 2019. Schumacher, like Ticktum is short of enough superlicence points to drive an F1 car and will enter the Formula 2 championship in 2019 for more experience.

Marko is still keeping away from being drawn in and deflects the possibility of Mick joining the Austrian team's fold by giving a quip to Motorsport-Magazin 

"He was never on our radar. He is well looked after in his own environment. That's why we have never interfered or shown any interest. Rather than Red Bull, the Schumacher name is more closely bound up with Ferrari and Mercedes, the last two teams that the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher raced for."

Mick Schumacher with Ferrari's last World Champion Kimi Raikkonen at Monza, Italy 2018
Mick Schumacher with Ferrari's last World Champion Kimi Raikkonen at Monza, Italy 2018

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is on record to state the obvious that Maranello's doors will always be open for Mick.

Even former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger agreed that it was hard to resist the temptation of seeing a marquee name like Schumacher back in the cockpit of a Prancing Horse, making his own prediction

"Mick Schumacher will be at Ferrari in two years. But I do not know yet if he will drive the motorhome or in Formula 1! Seriously, Michael's son in the second part of the season has impressed me. They say he went strong because he had the best material, but I saw him winning in the wet too. He has the opportunity to grow in F2. Obviously everyone's dream is that in a couple of years he can sit behind the wheel of his father's car."

Mick Schumacher has a management team that includes FIA president and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, who was very close to Michael. As good a consigliere an aspiring driver can have. It looks likely that he is favouring the scarlet of Ferrari to the silver of Mercedes.

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