Great honour and challenge for 21-year-old Mick Schumacher. The son of Formula 1 record breaking world champion Michael Schumacher is moving up to join the premier class and will compete for the Haas F1 team in 2021. He gained his first experience of open-wheel racing in the ADAC Formula 4 in 2015 and 2016 and switched to Formula 3 in 2017 after finishing championship runner-up in 2016 - he is currently very close to clinching the FIA Formula 2 championship. In 2018, Schumacher was named 'ADAC Junior Motor Sportsman of the Year'.
"Congratulations to Mick Schumacher on his Formula 1 cockpit," said ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. "I am delighted to see that at least two drivers from Germany will be competing in Formula 1 next year with Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. They both started their careers in an ADAC formula series, which serves to highlight our many years of successful work with juniors in this particular area."
Many other drivers before Mick Schumacher have already been promoted up into Formula 1 after gaining experience in one of the ADAC's series for juniors. British driver, Lando Norris, for example, who contested the ADAC Formula 4's inaugural season in 2015, is now a regular driver at McLaren and currently one of the most consistent drivers in the field. Pascal Wehrlein and Kevin Magnussen made their way up from the Formel ADAC. Some 15 drivers in all who are currently or were previously active in Formula 1 are products of the ADAC's successful programme for bringing on young talent, which will have been in existence for 30 years next year.