Mick Schumacher will compete in Formula 4 for another season after being signed by Italian outfit Prema Powerteam.
Schumacher, the 16-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael, enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign in German F4 and at the final round of the MRF Challenge in India. The teenager will join the Prema team which powered Lance Stroll, now at Williams, and Ralf Aron to the last two Italian F4 titles.
Prema enjoys strong links with Ferrari, the team with which father Michael won five of his seven titles. On Friday morning manager Sabine Kehm clarified Schumacher's appointment at Prema does not mean he will be part of the Ferrari Driver Academy this year, a move which had been speculated in Italian press.
"Prema Powerteam for me is the perfect next step on my way to go for the best performance and to become a complete driver," Schumacher said. "The team is very experienced and open, and everybody is really good in working closely with us drivers - plus there is Angelo who is behind every detail. It already is a lot of fun to work with the team, and I look forward to this challenge and to sharing a cool experience together. I am very proud to be a part of Prema."
It is yet to be decided whether Schumacher will race in the German or Italian F4 championship this season.