Mick Schumacher confirms F2 ride with Prema in 2019

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European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher will make the jump to Formula 2 in 2019 as he remains with the Prema team.

The son of seven-time F1 champion Michael scored eight wins, including five in a row at one stage, to secure the F3 crown at Hockenheim, matching the achievement of his father in 1990.

While some pondered if he would make the same leap as Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen directly to F1, Schumacher always made it clear F2 would be his next step on the ladder.

“I'm really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2 - a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills," he said.

"For me, it was very clear to go into F2 with Prema and I can't thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together.

"I’m also really excited to drive the Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi.”

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It is a team with recent history too, as new Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc raced with Prema in F2 during his championship-winning year in 2017 and team boss Rene Rosin was all too happy to welcome Schumacher into the squad.

"We are proud to welcome Mick to our F2 operation for 2019. He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can't wait to begin this adventure together," he said.

"This championship is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it and we are excited for the start of the next chapter in his career and we are happy to be part of it."