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Mick Schumacher joins Ferrari Driver Academy

Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, has joined Ferrari's Driver Academy, the Italian Formula One stable confirmed on Saturday.

Mick Schumacher joins Ferrari Driver Academy
Mick Schumacher. Photo: AFP

Schumacher, 19, who races in Formula Two next season, will take part in the pre-season activities of the Ferrari Driver Academy starting next week.

“I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my future in motorsport will be in red, being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari Family,” said Schumacher.

The European Formula 3 champion will be joined by fellow Formula 2 racers Callum Ilott and Giuliano Alesi, along with Marcus Armstrong, Robert Schwartzman, Enzo Fittipaldi and Gianluca Petecof.

“Be sure I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my
dream, racing in Formula 1,” said Schumacher.

“This is another step forward in the right direction, and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there.

“It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.”

Michael Schumacher, 50, has not been seen in public since suffering head injuries during a accident on December 29th, 2013 while skiing with Mick and his condition is a secret closely guarded by his family.

Ferrari's Museum at Maranello is currently hosting an exhibition to mark Schumacher's 50th birthday.

In Schumacher's record-breaking F1 career he won an as yet unequalled seven world titles, 91 victories and 155 podiums.

“For someone like me who has known him from birth, there's no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning,” said Ferrari's new Team Principal Mattia Binotto, “but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”

READ ALSO: Ferrari to mark Schumacher's 50th birthday with exhibition in Modena 

THEFT

Brazen thief steals €2 million Ferrari during test drive near Düsseldorf

A brazen thief sped off with Ferrari worth €2 million during a test drive near Düsseldorf.

Brazen thief steals €2 million Ferrari during test drive near Düsseldorf
The stolen car, reportedly once owned by British racing driver Eddie Irvine. Photo: DPA

The thief had pretended to be a luxury car buyer who was interested in the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, contacting the car’s owner and asking to test drive the vehicle. 

The theft happened as the would-be buyer and seller stopped to swap drivers. 

While the car seller was outside the vehicle, the man slammed his foot on the accelerator of the 400-horsepower vehicle and roared off down a country road. 

The man, who had described himself as a car collector, had arrived for the test drive by taxi.

The car was found in a garage in the Düsseldorf area, with police saying that the man had attempted to hide it. 

Police had released a picture of the thief, a burly man wearing glasses and a dark blue blazer who made off with the car on Monday in Düsseldorf.

The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO has been featured in a number of 1980s Hollywood films including Miami Vice, Magnum, P.I. and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and was also a favourite of James Bond. 

The German media is reporting that the car stolen in Neuss, near Düsseldorf, had at one time been owned by British racing driver Eddie Irvine. 

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