Why is Schumacher’s son not yet in F-1?

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It would seem that after winning the “Euro-Rush”, the younger Schumacher had enough credit points to get the coveted super-license and immediate debut even in the nearest race in Australia, but 2019th Mick will meet in Formula 2.

And it’s not at all in doubt of his talent: at the moment at the Scuderia just ran out of available places. Haas refused to take riders from the Italian youth program (even Leclair did not suit them with a small surcharge), and in the Sauber they gave the last chance to the 25-year-old Antonio Giovinazzi. Moreover, the current system of young talents а a la “Red Bull” acquired a finished look only in 2018, and therefore no one would have risked even with Schumacher – for the time being, Ferrari has been waiting for the results of Lecler’s advancement.

If Charles after a brilliant year in the Sauber manifests itself in the main team, he will slightly open the way in F-1 and the rest of the guys from the Academy, and if he fails, then there will be less trust for young champions and Mika will have to activate administrative resources.

This situation does not mean any discrimination of riders under 23 years old, it’s just that in the current model of the main series of the world it’s very difficult for them to demonstrate the results right away: in the 2010s, tests on current technology were banned, so now it’s impossible to give a promising guy he got used to the most powerful machines. From now on, the only effective system of youthless integration in the F-1 is through participation in Formula 2 and working with the future team on tests, practices and simulators – this is how the talented Russell and Lecler were introduced to the Grand Prix, and Schumacher will hike in their footsteps.

It is unlikely that a direct boost from Formula 3 has benefited Mick: in the past, only the very same Max Verstappen managed to successfully transit from the “threes” to the top championship. The rest of the guys who came directly from F-3 and GP3 (for example, Lance Stroll) faced adaptation problems and could not progress properly.