Michael Schumacher’s son takes step towards emulating father

Michael Schumacher’s son has reportedly joined the Ferrari driver academy.

Mick, 19, has taken another step towards following his father’s footsteps by agreeing a deal that will see him drive in two tests for the famous Italian team this season, reports the BBC .

The teenager is currently driving in Formula 2, the final step before Formula 1, after agreeing a deal with the Prema team.

He said last year: ""I’m really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2 – a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills.

"For me, it was very clear to go into Formula 2 with Prema. I can’t thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together."

Schumacher won the European F3 title last year, the first single-deater championship of his career.

Michael Schumacher recently celebrated his 50th birthday as he continues to recover from a brain injury suffered five years ago in a skiing incident.

His friend and former boss Ross Brawn told BBC Five Live earlier this month: "They are a terrific family, very well balanced, they’re following their own pursuits as well as supporting Michael

"We’ve seen Mick, his son, establishing himself in motor racing, and Gina Maria is quite involved in a form of equestrian, she’s been very successful with that.

"Corinna, Michael’s wife, that’s helped her through such a tough time. They have never relented with their support for Michael and their belief there will be solutions ahead.

"It’s very difficult, for the privacy that the family want, and I have to respect that. They [early visits to the hospital] were very moving in the early days.

"We’re all optimistic about finding solutions in the future and there will be a time when things move forward for Michael."

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