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Mick Schumacher was involved in a nightmare crash during a Formula 2 qualifying race just days after it was announced he will make the step up to Formula 1 next season.
The son of racing legend Michael suffered a nasty collision during Sakhir Grand Prix qualifying on Friday, with Roy Nissany’s car mounting on top of him.
He is said to have escaped without injuries from the incident, just a week after Romain Grosjean’s near-death F1 crash at the same track which sent shockwaves rippling through the sport.
Schumacher, 21, was understandably fuming and could be heard saying on Prema Racing’s team radio: “Why is this guy crashing into me?”
The youngster is set to follow in his father’s iconic footsteps and drive for Haas in F1 next season, having recently put pen to paper on a multi-year deal to race with the American outfit.
He is currently out in front in the F2 championship, leading Britain’s Callum Ilott by 12 points ahead of this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
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Schumacher could clinch the title in Bahrain, although starting from 18th on the grid gives him a serious mountain to climb.
Regardless of his success in the F2 championship, though, the Swiss star will definitely be lining up for Haas at the 2021 season-opening grand prix in Melbourne after penning his first F1 deal earlier this week.
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It’s fair to say he has a colossal family name to live up to, as dad Michael – who suffered a serious skiing accident almost seven years ago – claimed seven world championships and 91 race wins during his legendary career.
But Mick is relishing the chance to test himself against the world’s best drivers next season, saying: “The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy and I’m simply speechless.
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“I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for placing their trust in me.
“I also want to acknowledge and extend my love to my parents – I know that I owe them everything.
“I have always believed that I would realise my dream of Formula 1.”
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