European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher will race in Formula 2 for the 2019 season driving for Prema Racing.

Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, managed to beat Red Bull junior Daniel Ticktum to the Euro F3 title in 2018. He claimed eight race victories and an additional six podiums in the process.

Having driven for Prema during his two seasons in Euro F3, Schumacher will continue the title-winning partnership as he joins the team’s F2 squad next season.

“I’m really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2,” said Schumacher. “[It’s] a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills.

“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 will drive an F2 car for the first time during the post-season test in Abu Dhabi which starts on Thursday.

After guiding both Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc to GP2/Formula 2 titles in consecutive seasons, Prema was unable to retain either the drivers’ or teams’ titles in F2 this year.

The team ended up fifth in the championship, while drivers’ Nyck de Vries and Sean Gelael finished fourth and 15th respectively. Unlike Leclerc in 2017, neither drivers were rookies in the series.

“We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019,” Prema team principal Rene Rosin stated.

“He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can’t wait to begin this adventure together.

“This championship is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it.”