David Schumacher has signed with Trident for his sophomore season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
The 19-year-old German, son of Formula 1 race-winner Ralf Schumacher and cousin to 2021 F1 debutant and reigning Formula 2 champion Mick, is the first confirmed signing by the Italian team for the upcoming season.
Schumacher raced for Charouz Racing System and Carlin in his rookie campaign last year, and ended up 28th in the standings after failing to score with either team. He then switched to Trident for post-season testing and impressed.
“I’m delighted to race with Trident Motorsport this year and I think we have excellent chances,” said Schumacher.
“The team has been doing a really good job and the car was amazing in the two tests in Barcelona and Jerez.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead. I can feel that the team is really passionate about what they are doing so I have a great feeling for this year.”
In addition to his full 2020 season, Schumacher also entered the 2019 season finale and Macau Grand Prix in FIA F3 machinery.
Trident’s team manager Giacomo Ricci said Schumacher “has great potential” going into this year.
“I think he has more to express and all the characteristics to achieve remarkable results,” Ricci said.
“He has had the opportunity to compare the Trident team with others, during the official 2020 post-season tests, and we are proud that he has decided to choose us.
“We were able to develop excellent interpersonal feelings with David, in addition to a great working pace that I am sure will lead to very good results this season.”
Before racing in FIA F3, Schumacher was a race-winner in Formula Regional European Championship with his father’s US Racing team in 2019 and also starred in Formula 4 United Arab Emirates at the start of the previous year.
Formula Scout understands the Red Bull-supported Jack Doohan and F2-bound Clement Novalak will be Schumacher’s team-mates.