A new Schumacher at the F1 grid in 2021

The Haas F1 Team announced on Wednesday that they are signing Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, as one of their drivers for the 2021 F1 season. Mick, along with Nikita Mazepin, will complete the American team's driver lineup for the next season. They are both signed up for multi-year contracts. 

Both drivers are currently racing in Formula 2 series where Schumacher leads the driver standings and Mazepin is third. The Formula 2 Championship will conclude in Bahrain this weekend.

Mick Schumacher has been part of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2019. He already has quite a proficient career in motorsport. He has got the title in the 2018 Formula Three European Championship. He also won numerous times in Formula 2 in 2019 and this year. 

"A huge thank you must also go to all the great motorsport fans out there who have supported me throughout my career,” Schumacher stated. “I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 and them.”

Mick will become the third Schumacher to race in Formula 1 after his father Michael Schumacher and his uncle, Michael's brother Ralf Schumacher. Before racing for Haas next season, Mick Schumacher will also drive the 2020 car in FP1(Final Practice 1) in Abu Dhabi to get the feel around an F1 car.

“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me. I also want to thank and extend my love to my parents – I know I owe them everything. I always believed that I would make my Formula 1 dream come true. A big thank you also to all the great motorsport fans who have supported me throughout my career. I’ll give it my all, as always, and can’t wait to go on this trip with Haas F1 and them, ”he further explained.

Haas is letting go of both of its 2020 drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Grosjean will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit after he crashed at the same circuit last Sunday and will be replaced by Pietro Fittipaldi possibly until the last race in Abu Dhabi.