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2015-11-15 17:06

IN DEMAND: Mick Schumacher (pictured), son of five-time world Formula 1 champion Michael, is reportedly being courted by Mercedes and Ferrari, two of his father's ex-teams. Image: AFP / Ronny Hartmann

Berlin, Germany - Michael Schumacher's teenage son appears to be in the middle of a scrap between Ferrari and Mercedes over his future.

Earlier in November, 16-year-old Mick tested for the European F3 team Prema, an Italian outfit with close links to Ferrari.

Mercedes invited youngster to an event

Schumacher's famous father Michael won five world championships with Ferrari, but his last team in F1 was Mercedes.

Indeed, Mercedes has invited Mick to its end-of-season Stars and Cars event in Stuttgart, and according to the Kolner Express tabloid is now stepping up its quest to secure Mick's future.

Schumacher's current F4 outfit, the Dutch team Van Amersfoort, was powered by Volkswagen engines in European F3 in 2015, where Mick is now tipped to move for 2016.

Read: Schumi's son takes a step closer to F1

Express said Van Amersfoort is moving to Mercedes power for 2016.

Boss Frits van Amersfoort denies it.  "Not all the contracts are signed for next year, not even with Mick," he said.

As for Mick's test with Prema, reportedly under the watchful eye of Ferrari's Luca Baldisserri, van Amersfoort insists: "It is normal that drivers do that in the winter, it's no problem.

"Mick's test times were good, but we were faster."

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