Schumacher Back in Formula One

The name Schumacher will return to Formula One again next season.

That is following the announcement that Mick Schumacher has agreed a multi-season deal to drive for the American-owned Haas team.

Mick is the 21-year old son of Michael, seven times Formula One world champion, and who, statistically was the most successful driver of all-time until his record was eclipsed by Lewis Hamilton earlier this season.

Haas was the team whose driver Romain Grosjean almost died on Sunday when his car crashed at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, pierced a safety barrier, and burst into flames. Ironically, that was one of his last races for the team who announced several weeks ago that his contract, along with that of fellow driver Kevin Magnusson, would not be renewed for next year.

Instead they are bringing in Schumacher, who will partner another rookie in the form of the Russian Nikita Mazepin.

Schumacher is part of Ferraris young driver programme, and the Italian team are hoping that he can make the grade with Haas and then join them following in the footsteps of his father, who won five out of his seven World Championships in their famous red livery.

He has already achieved success in the junior classes of motorsport. He was Formula 3 champion and leads the F2 championship with two races of the season to go, beginning with the Sakhir championship race in Bahrain this weekend.

However, Schumacher junior will know that he has a lot to do if he is to emulate his fathers achievements and expectations as to what he can do should be downplayed, at least initially. The Haas has not been competitive this season and vies with the Williams as the slowest car on the grid.

Unfortunately, his father is not in a position to acknowledge what his son has achieved. In 2013 he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident and has not been seen in public since.

His exact medical status is unclear and remains a secret closely guarded by his family and a small select group of friends.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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