They were an unbeatable force that swept all before them: Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel combining to win six successive Nations Cup titles at the annual Race Of Champions tournament. And now Schumacher’s son, European F3 champion Mick, will follow in his father’s footsteps by making up half of Team Germany’s line up at next year’s event alongside Vettel…
Schumacher Jnr has enjoyed a memorable year, claiming eight victories, 14 podiums and the F3 European title, as well as praise from the likes of Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, recently-crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.
And he’ll get another chance to showcase his racing prowess in January next year, partnering with Ferrari driver Vettel, who teamed up with Schumacher Snr, the seven-time F1 world champion, to win six Nations Cups in a row from 2007-12.
Schumacher said: “I am overwhelmed that I’ve been invited to participate in the Race Of Champions as the champion of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. And I'm even more overwhelmed that I'm going to form Team Germany with Sebastian Vettel.
“It's going to be tough because Sebastian is a big player in the Race Of Champions and of course I want to be a worthy team mate for him. I'm honoured to enter this competition which my father always loved and in which he set the bar very high together with Sebastian.