Mick Schumacher has paid a heartbreaking tribute to his father after signing to race with Haas in Formula One in 2021.
Haas announced on Wednesday that Mick Schumacher, son of stricken Ferrari great and seven-times world champion Michael, will race for the US-owned team next season.
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It will mark the return of the Schumacher name to the sport, nine years after the German retired for a second time, and 30 years since Michael burst on to the scene with an impressive debut for Jordan at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.
Schumacher went on to win 91 times for Benetton and Ferrari, clinching five titles for the Scuderia at the turn of the century.
His number of wins have only recently been surpassed by Lewis Hamilton, while the Mercedes driver emulated the German’s championship record at the Turkish Grand Prix last month.
Schumacher, 51, has not been seen in public view for almost seven years after a skiing accident in the French Alps left him with devastating brain injuries.
In a heartbreaking but beautiful touch, Mick paid tribute to his mother and father on Wednesday.
“The prospect of being on the Formula One grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I'm simply speechless,” said Schumacher, who is also a member of the Ferrari young driver program.
“I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents - I know that I owe them everything.
“I have always believed that I would realise my dream of Formula One.”
Mick was alongside his father at the time of the tragic accident.
“It is amazing to be racing in the same sport as he did,” said Schumacher Jr.
“It is a sport we both love so much, so to be able to go a similar path and get to know the sport inside out is amazing.
“To finally reach my goal and to be one of those 20 drivers is something incredible. I am just really overwhelmed, happy it is confirmed, and that I am going to be standing on the grid next year.
“It is a dream come true for me, a dream I've been chasing since I was three, and now it's finally happened it's great.”
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Schumacher’s medical condition has been held a closely-guarded secret since his accident.
FIA president Jean Todt, 74, is among just a handful of visitors to visit Schumacher’s Lake Geneva home.
In a rare update, the Frenchman, who oversaw five of the German's seven titles as team principal for Ferrari, told the PA news agency in September that his former driver “is fighting”.
“He has an amazing wife (Corinna) next to him, he has his kids, his nurses, and we can only wish him the best and to wish the family the best, too,” Todt said.
“My mum was actually quite unsurprised when I told her,” said Mick, when asked how she reacted to news he would be in F1 in 2021.
“She was sure I was going to make it. I have always had her support, and the support of all my family.
“It's quite clear I have been under the spotlight since a very young age due to the sport I do and love, and probably a bit more than usual.
“But it is something I have been able to get used to. I am able to deal with it well, the results speak for themselves, and I will try to keep the same rhythm that I have now.”
Schumacher is expected to be crowned champion of the feeder series to F1, Formula Two, this weekend.
He heads into the season finale in Bahrain with a 14-point advantage over his British rival Callum Ilott.
Schumacher, who will pay tribute to his father by racing with the number 47 next season - the seven representing the number of titles his father won - is set to be handed his grand prix debut in opening practice for Haas at F1's season-concluding race in Abu Dhabi a week on Friday.
Schumacher will be joined by Nikita Mazepin, son of Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, after the 21-year-old agreed to a multi-year deal on Tuesday.
Mazepin is currently third in the Formula Two standings.
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