Ferrari: ‘Mick Schumacher a go

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Ferrari: ‘Mick Schumacher a good candidate for F1 in the future’

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is “pretty sure” Mick Schumacher, the son of F1 legend Michael, has what it takes to make it into Formula 1.

Ferrari: ‘Mick Schumacher a go

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Although Mick Schumacher will spend a second season in Formula 2 in 2020, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto reckons the German is a “good candidate” for a Formula 1 race seat.

Ferrari ‘expecting much’ from Schumi Jr

Last January Ferrari announced that Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, had signed as one of its junior drivers.

The deal not only meant Schumacher spent time with Ferrari learning the ropes but he also drove in an official test, one day with Ferrari and another with the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo team.

The latter was touted as a possible destination for the German in 2020 with rumours claiming he could replace Antonio Giovinazzi.

Alfa Romeo, though, opted to stick with the Italian with Schumacher re-signing with Prema for a second season in Formula 2.

Binotto told Autosport that this year will be a big one for the 20-year-old with Ferrari keeping a watchful eye on his progress.

“We are very proud having made him part of the FDA,” he said.

“That’s it for the obvious love, not only because he is Michael Schumacher’s son, but because I think he’s a good driver, he actually performed well even in this season.

“If you look at the standings you can see some experienced drivers on top, but he had one good season to gain experience.

“And if you look in term of rookies, too, he was doing well. He was a rookie. So, I think that next season will be key for him to understand how much he’s progressing.

“We are expecting much from the next year because he will have one season of experience and we are pretty sure he’s a good candidate for F1 in the future.”

‘Too early’ to make Ferrari predictions

However, just because Binotto feels the German can make it into Formula 1, that doesn’t mean he will do so with Ferrari.

The Scuderia would be more inclined to place Schumacher with Alfa Romeo, allowing him to learn the ropes there before the added pressure of stepping up to Ferrari.

“Will he be a candidate for Ferrari either in the future? It’s really too early on,” Binotto added.

“But again, the aim of the FDA is to find the next talent for Ferrari and he is part of the FDA because finally, we believe he’s got the talent to stay in this group.

“2021 will be too early for one of our young talents, too.

“In 2021 some experience from drivers will be important because it’s a completely new type of car.”