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Macau Grand Prix

Like father, like son: Mick Schumacher to compete in next month’s Macau Grand Prix

The son of legendary F1 champion, Michael, will make his Guia debut in November, 27 years after his father won one of the most famous races in motorsport

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 4:47pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 10:57pm

Mick Schumacher, son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, will compete in next month’s Macau Grand Prix – 27 years after his father won one of the most famous races in motorsport.

Schumacher Jnr has followed in the footsteps of his father – the seven-time Formula One world champion – and uncle, Ralf, who was also a past winner at Macau in 1995 and a retired F1 star.

In keeping with family tradition, Mick Schumacher will make his debut on the fabled 6.2km Guia Circuit in Macau having completed his rookie season in Formula Three.

He will race with SIM Theodore Racing by Prema having finished 12th overall in the FIA European Formula Three Championship.

Schumacher is expected to receive a lot of media attention for the 64th edition of the race from November 16-19. He was skiing with his father when Michael suffered life-threatening brain injuries on December 29, 2013. Mick Schumacher has only just this year publicly talked about his father, describing him as “my idol” and “role model”.

The 18-year-old Schumacher posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts recently that he was looking forward to be racing on the Guia Circuit.

Back in 1990, his father had been locked in an intense and fascinating battle on the Guia Circuit with now-retired driver Mika Hakkinen.

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The German won the race on the final lap after the Finn, who was trailing and only needing second place to wrap up the Formula Three title, crashed near Mandarin Bend after trying to overtake Schumacher.

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“Excited to announce I will be driving the 64th Macau Grand Prix. This will be the very first time for me to go there, I know I don’t know that track at all but that’s just great. I really look forward to experiencing a very special racing event with SJM Theodore Racing by Prema. #TeamMS #MS25 #SCM Prema Team Keep Fighting,” posted Schumacher on Twitter.

And in another entry to whet the appetite of racing fans, Pedro Piquet, the son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson, will return for another crack at the Macau blue riband race.

Piquet finished a strong ninth on his Macau debut in 2016 before staying on at Van Amersfoort Racing for another season in Europe this year.

He is one of a two-car entry for the Mercedes-engined Dutch team, who will also run Ralf Aron.

The Estonian was a race winner in European F3 in 2016, and proved his street-circuit credentials with a pole position at Norisring this season – good preparation for his first Macau attack.

The Formula Three Macau Grand Prix – FIA F3 World Cup again features the cream of the world’s young racing talent in the entry.

The race features newly-crowned FIA Formula Three European champion Lando Norris as well as two former Japanese Formula Three champions in Kenta Yamashita and Yuhi Sekiguchi.

Norris, a protégé of the McLaren Formula One team, heads a highly potent five-car entry from Carlin, the British team returning to Macau after winning the 2016 race with the popular Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa.

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Using a Dallara chassis – in common with the rest of the F3 field – and Volkswagen engines, Carlin ran Norris to nine overall race wins this season in the European championship, in which he also won the Rookie title.

Norris, who celebrates his 18th birthday on the Monday before the action begins, made his Macau debut last year and recovered to finish 11th after crashing in the qualification race.