Schumacher wins F3 title


Mick Schumacher has secured the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at Hockenheim.

On his way to winning the title, the German, son of legendary 7-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, registered 7 pole positions, 8 wins and 13 podiums.

"It's a slightly unreal feeling, I'm absolutely delighted," said Schumacher. "I still can't quite believe it. All I can say is thank you to everyone in the team for your support during this incredible season."

The German was undoubtedly the standout driver of the second half of the season. His first win of the campaign came as late as the 15th round, which was contested at Spa-Francorchamps, the circuit on which he had driven a demo lap in the 1994 Benetton B194 F1 championship-winning car the year before.

After his maiden victory in the series at Spa, he went on to win at least one race on each of the subsequent weekends, including Silverstone, Misano, the Nurburgring and Spielberg.

Second place in the second race on the final weekend of the campaign at Hockenheim was enough for Schumacher to claim his first title in a junior formula series.

At the end of his second season as a member of the PREMA Theodore Racing squad, the 19-year-old German became the new champion with a points tally of 347.

The impressive statistics behind his late surge to the top are eight wins in twelve races, five of them in a row.

This title win puts Schumacher in among a select band of racers, for previous winners of the F3 title include Lewis Hamilton and Esteban Ocon.

"Congratulations to Mick on winning the title," said Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff. "Attention was focused on the youngster right from the start, and he was under a lot of pressure. It's not easy coping with all that, especially if the season does not get off to the best of starts, as in this case.

"His performance in the second half of the season was therefore all the more impressive. He has shown that he has what it takes and that he can become one of the greats in our sport.

"We are also obviously delighted that he registered a 500th race win for Mercedes in F3 and that he secured the title in a Mercedes-powered car."

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Published: 13/10/2018
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