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Schumi Jr to race for Haas in F1

The Schumacher name will return to Formula One next season with Mick, son of Ferrari great and seven-time world champion Michael, announced yesterday as a race driver for the United States-owned Haas team.

The 21-year-old German, who has signed a multi-year agreement, is leading the Formula Two championship ahead of this weekend’s finale at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit.

“The prospect of being on the Formula One grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I am simply speechless,” said Schumacher.

“I have always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula One.”

Schumacher, a member of the Ferrari young driver academy, will form an all-new line-up at Haas along with Russian Nikita Mazepin, whose signing was announced on Tuesday.

The pair replace Frenchman Romain Grosjean, currently recovering from a fiery crash in the Bahrain Grand Prix last Sunday, and Dane Kevin Magnussen.

Schumacher will be in the car next week with Haas slotting him in for Friday first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates.

He will also take part in a young driver test at Yas Marina on December15.

“The Formula Two Championship has long served as a proving ground for talent to showcase their credentials and this year’s field has undoubtedly been one of the most competitive in recent seasons,” said Haas principal Guenther Steiner.

“I firmly believe he’s earned the opportunity to graduate into Formula One based on his performances.”

Schumacher has a 14-point lead in the F2 standings with two races to go.

The legendary Michael Schumacher retired in 2012 after a three-season comeback with Mercedes.

The Ferrari great has not been seen in public since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013.

Meanwhile, Grosjean left hospital yesterday, three days after escaping a fiery high-speed crash at the Bahrain GP with just burns to his hands, his team said.

Grosjean was treated in a military hospital in Bahrain for the burns he suffered while jumping out of his blazing Haas car following a collision with Daniil Kvyat on the first lap of Sunday’s race.

Brazilian driver Pietro Fittipaldi — grandson of two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi — will make his F1 debut in place of Grosjean at Sakhir.

Meanwhile, Britain’s George Russell will stand in for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for Sunday’s Sakhir race after being released by Williams, both teams announced yesterday.

Hamilton, who has already clinched his seventh world championship, has been ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19.

Williams said Britain’s Jack Aitken, its official reserve driver, will make his F1 debut as Russell’s replacement alongside Canadian regular Nicholas Latifi.

Russell, 22, will be only the fifth driver to race for Mercedes since 2010 and the third Briton to do so in the Formula One world championship after Stirling Moss and Hamilton.

Russell, a former GP3 and Formula Two champion, will line up alongside Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas.




 

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