Schumacher Continues Euro F3 Dominance, and there is an Irish Connection!
Mick Schumacher was the man of the moment once again as the FIA European F3 Championship visited the Red Bull Ring in Austria at the weekend. Son of seven time World Champion Michael, the 19 year old has been the subject of much media speculation since Ferrari F1 Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene commented on his recent success and said the door at Ferrari was “always open” to him:
“The most important thing is to let him grow, without giving pressure,” he said. “The recent results are very, very good, and I wish to him a great career. With a name like this, that wrote historical pages of Ferrari history, the door of Maranello is always open, of course. But without burning the step. That is a family decision, I mean a Schumacher family decision. But let the guys have fun. I always repeat this: Be focused, concentrated, but in the meantime have fun, and grow slowly but certainly, and then we’ll see about the future. How can you can say ‘no’ at Maranello to a name like this?”
Last weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Schumacher took a further two wins, increasing his series lead and securing the team championship for his team, PREMA Theodore Racing. MD of Theodore Racing is Ireland’s David Kennedy- a former race driver of note and also a team and driver manager.
Mick Schumacher, Car #4
Combined Practice: P1 Fastest lap: 1:23.650
Qualifying 1: P1 Fastest lap: 1:23.640
Starting Grid Race 1: P1 Race 1: P1
Qualifying 2: P1 Fastest lap: 1:23.170
Qualifying 3: P1 Fastest lap: 1:23.225
Starting Grid Race 2: P1 Race 2: P1
Starting Grid Race 3: P1 Race 3: P2
“We had a great weekend here at Red Bull Ring with two wins and a second place, and now we head into the final round of the year with a solid lead. In race 2 I had to start from the more damp side of the grid, but I still maintained first place. In race 3 however I didn’t have a perfect start and Robert got by. During the whole weekend we showed great pace again, having an amazing car all the days, and I am very happy for this great team to have secured the team’s championship.”
Theodore Racing MD, David Kennedy
“It’s been another exceptional weekend by converting triple poles into a hat-trick of wins. Congratulations to Mick for claiming his 5th straight win this morning and to consolidate his lead in the drivers championship and also to Robert who took his first F3 win to close out the weekend.
All the hard work done by René and everyone in the team has paid dividends again as we have now taken the 2018 Team Championship.
We now head to Hockenheim for the finale round where we hope to capture the Drivers Championship. Mick currently leads from Daniel Ticktum by 49 points and Marcus Armstrong is closely behind with only 20 points between them, it’s going to be a thrilling end to the season.”