Mick Schumacher will race for Haas in 2021 as the famed surname returns to the F1 grid

The Schumacher name will make a racing return to Formula 1 in 2021, after Haas signed Mick Schumacher – son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher – on a multi-year deal.

Schumacher, 21, is currently leading the Formula 2 title race with 14 points with one lap to go, in what is his second season in the series, winning twice on 10 podiums.

The Ferrari junior will join fellow F2 racer Nikita Mazepin in an all-new line-up for the US team, with the duo replacing Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

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“I am very pleased to be able to confirm Mick Schumacher to our driver line-up for next season and I look forward to welcoming him to the team,” said Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner.

“The Formula 2 Championship has long served as a testing ground for talent to showcase their credentials and this year’s field is undoubtedly one of the most competitive in recent seasons. Mick has won races, collected podiums and excelled against some pretty exceptional talent in 2020.

Mick Schumacher joins Haas for 2021

“I firmly believe he deserved the opportunity to graduate in Formula 1 based on his performance. We have an opportunity for us, as a team, to evaluate and nurture a new driver given our familiarity with our racing package towards 2021.

“We are setting our building blocks for the long-term continued growth of the team and I look forward to Mick’s contributions, both on and off the track, in that process.”

Ahead of his racing debut with Haas in 2021, Schumacher will begin his preparations with an FP1 session with the team at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, followed by some tunning in the end-of-season test at the same track.

The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I am just speechless

Mick Schumacher

He arrives in F1 after winning the Formula 3 European Championship in 2018 and racking up eight wins before joining the Ferrari Academy a year later and making his debut in F2.

“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I am just speechless,” said Schumacher.

“I would like to thank the F1 team of Haas, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for putting their trust in me. I also want to acknowledge my parents and show my love – I know I owe them everything.

“I always believed that I would realize my dream of Formula 1. I also want to say a huge thank you to all the great motorsport fans who have supported me throughout my career. I will give it my all, as I always do, and I look forward to joining Haas F1 and them on this journey. “

Mick will be the third member of the Schumacher family to race in F1, with Uncle Ralf – Michael’s brother – having started 180 races between 1997 and 2007 and won six. Michael is second on the all-time list for wins behind Lewis Hamilton, with 91.

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