Mick Schumacher tests a Formula 3 car

Mick Schumacher seen during TV interviews during the Italian F4 Championship at Monza. (Photo by Gaetano Piazzolla/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Mick Schumacher has admitted he is poised to step up to one of the final steps before hitting Formula One — European F3.

Lance Stroll who, at 18, is just a year older than F1 legend Michael Schumacher's son, will step up to Formula One next year with Williams, having just won the European F3 championship.

Mick Schumacher is likely to compete in that category next year, as the young German is currently testing for the Prema F3 team in Germany.
“I'm going to race in Formula 3 — hopefully,” Schumacher told the German press. Schumacher finished runner-up in the German and the Italian F4 categories this year.

“The key thing for me is to collect more experience. If it works out, my full focus will be on Formula 3,” he added.

European F3 is on the support bill of the German touring car championship DTM, whose boss Hans Werner Aufrecht admitted he is looking forward to Schumacher's next step.

“It's just incredible how this name fascinates people,” he told Auto Bild. “Of course he will help us in many areas.”

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher's former F1 boss Ross Brawn has told the BBC there are “encouraging signs” about the health of the seven-time world champion.

“There are encouraging signs and we are all praying every day that we see some more progress and that one day we can see Michael out and about and recovered from his terrible injuries,” he said.