Date published: October 17 2018
Mick Schumacher will announce his 2019 plans in the “coming weeks” but F1 is unlikely to be an option.
Last weekend the 19-year-old, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, secured the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at the Hockenheimring.
After an underwhelming start to the season, Schumacher found his form at Spa which sparked a run of eight wins in the final six rounds.
He won the title by 57 points ahead of Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum.
His F3 success has raised questions about whether Formula 1 awaits, however, Schumacher admits a gradual procession through the lower formula would probably be best.
“Am I ready for Formula 1? I prefer to move forward gradually, step by step, preparing really well,” he said.
“So it’s important to always make the right decision.
“We will decide in the coming weeks.”
He added: “Every driver has the goal of being in Formula 1, it’s the premier class and to stand up to the best there is the optimum.
“We are talking to some teams and putting together the best strategy for next year.”
His F3 title has earned him a super-licence and a pass onto the Formula 1 grid where he has been linked with Toro Rosso.
Ross Brawn, who played a pivotal role in Michael Schumacher’s seven World title, believes the teenager would be best served in Formula 2.
“He has a few more steps to make before he joins Formula 1,” he told TASS.
“Mick is a very mature young man and I think he knows he has to pace himself, make sure that he is completely ready to join Formula 1.
“The name of Schumacher carries a lot of history.
“If he merits and if he wants to be fully prepared before he makes his step into Formula 1, I think Formula 2 is the next logical step for Mick.
“Hopefully he can come into Formula 2, to learn the tracks more.
“Because of the integration we now have between the Formula 2 and Formula 1 – much closer integration that he can start to become familiar with the Formulae environment.
“I am delighted that he is performing as much as he is, because it brings back some very fun memories.”