ON HIS WAY TO F1? Mick Schumacher, son of former F1 driver Michael, is getting closer to making the step to the elite sport. Image: AFP / Ronny Hartmann
Berlin, Germany - Mick Schumacher is taking on a busy calendar in 2016 as he continues his push towards Formula 1.
Now 17, F1 legend Michael Schumacher's son began his open wheel adventure in 2015 in German Formula 4, but Bild reports that the youngster will also race in parallel in the Italian series for the 2016 season.
Top of testing times
Driving for the Ferrari-linked Prema team, Schumacher's campaign kicks off at Misano this weekend (April 9-10), followed by the opening German round in Oschersleben the following weekend (April 16-17).
He got his season off to a good start this week, topping the testing times.
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told the German newspaper: "At least at first he will do both series and over time we will see if he concentrates on one."
Kehm said "it's good that Schumacher's schedule will be busy in 2016", explaining that the decision was taken against pushing Mick into the highly-competitive F3 Euro series this year.
Kehm said: "We have deliberately opted for another year in Formula 4 so that his training is not rushed and is as broad and deep as possible.
"With regards to later, that's important. Mick is still in the training phase, and this must not be forgotten."