“FIA F4: Schumacher Jr signs with van Amersfoort”
With the opening season of the German Formula 4 Championship approaching, van Amersfoort Racing have signed up Mick Schumacher.
The son of seven-time Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, this will be Schumacher Jr’s first foray into car racing, after several years competing in karts.
Team owner Frits van Amersfoort commented, “We have seen his skills in testing and we are looking forward to a successful season.”
Van Amersfoort has garnered a reputation for discovering top young talent, having previously spotted and run Max Verstappen, Giedo van der Garde, Richie Stanaway and Tom Coronel.
Schumacher may be another in an ever growing line of stars. “In the last couple of years, it has become a tradition for us that we offer the runner-up from the German junior karting championship (DJKM) a test session in our simulator,” continued the experienced van Amersfoort.
“This [test] is handled by the DMSB (the German motorsport authority) and that is how we first got in touch with Mick Schumacher last autumn. He spent a full day in the simulator at our headquarters in The Netherlands. Then we witnessed him during a test session at Valencia and eventually, we reached an agreement to compete together in this year’s ADAC Formula 4 series.”
Other drivers that have featured for van Amersfoort include Jos Verstappen, Christijan Albers, Bas Leinders, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marcel Albers, and Renger van der Zande.
The ADAC F4 Championship season begins next month Oschersleben and will also visit the Red Bull Ring, Spa-Francorchamps, Lausitzring, Nurburgring, Sachsenring and Hockenheim. The series goes to Oschersleben for another round in September in support of the DTM, while the rest of the category plays opener for the ADAC GT Masters.