Schumacher in no rush to join F1 grid, confirms Hockenheim outing

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Mick Schumacher admits a second year in Formula 2 is likely should he not feel ready to step up to F1.

The young German arrived in the feeder series with much anticipation, unsurprisingly, but his season at Prema has been largely quiet with a best result of fourth achieved in Sunday's sprint race in Austria.

Before that, he had gone on a run of six races without scoring but that Schumacher mentality is very much instilled in the 20-year-old.

"There will always be setbacks, but I stay focused and concentrate on myself," he told German magazine Socrates

"I try to hide the negative side and gain something positive from the situation. It's not always easy, but I can continue to learn that way."

His failure to make a major impact in F2 has caused some doubts over just how far he can go, but that also isn't worrying Mick.

"My goal is clearly Formula 1, but I have no specific timetable as to when," he said.

"For me, it's about taking one step at a time and only going to Formula 1 when I'm ready. So if I need to do a second season in Formula 2 then I will."

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Also on Sunday, it was announced Schumacher will make an appearance at the upcoming German Grand Prix, with F2 and F3 not included on the itinerary.

Instead, he'll be demonstrating his father Michael's F2004 Ferrari around Hockenheim, with race organisers keen to capitalise on the excitement around Mick's rise.

"I think it's mega driving this car in Hockenheim," he said. "The last time I was on this track was when I celebrated my Formula 3 championship title, and now I'll be able to drive one of the strongest cars in Formula 1 history there - a big grin creeps into my face.

"All motorsport crazy people can look forward to a very special and wonderfully loud moment."

F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn was also thrilled at the prospect of seeing Schumi Jr. back in another of his Dad's cars.

"It will be an emotional moment seeing Mick at the wheel of a car linked to so many great memories," the former technical director at Ferrari said.

"I'm sure that all the fans at Hockenheim will be pleased to see it roaring around the track again, especially with Mick in the cockpit.

"One of the requests we get most often from fans is to see the cars that wrote F1 history back on track, so this demonstration run at Hockenheim will be truly unmissable."