Monday, 06 august 2018, 04:44 , by Matthew Scott
Formula 1 chief Chase Carey says Mick Schumacher making it to Formula 1 would be "special" for the sport. The son of record-breaking seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Mick recently won his first race in European Formula 3 at Spa-Francorchamps.
The location of Schumacher Jr's first F3 win came laced in family ties - the Belgian circuit played host to his father's first F1 race in 1991 and his maiden grand prix win a year later.
There were more family ties as the teenager echoed his father's 'Rainmaster' qualities to take the chequered flag in a wet-dry race.
Racing for Prema in F3 will ensure that F1 teams are kept abreast of Schumacher's development - the Italian team has strong ties to both Ferrari and Mercedes and has numerous graduates currently racing in F1 including Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon.
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With the likes of Lewis Hamilton highlighting the difficulty that youngsters not from wealthy backgrounds face in making it to F1, Carey wants to make the route to the top smoother, but admits that Schumacher making it would represent something entirely different.
"That would be a great story, of course," Carey told BILD.
"Michael Schumacher still plays a unique role in Formula 1 as a world champion. He is and will remain an icon of our sport.
"Regardless of this, we want to try to make it easier for good young drivers to make the transition to Formula 1.
"Michael's son Mick in F1 would be special, of course. He would touch the hearts of many fans in a very unique way."
Schumacher is eighth in the F3 standings with five rounds still to go, but his Prema team are on course to retain the team title they won last year