2020 F1 debut ‘would have been nice’ – Schumacher

Mick Schumacher has yet to prove himself
Mick Schumacher has yet to prove himself

(GMM) Mick Schumacher admits it "would have been nice" if he had been able to step up to Formula 1 for 2020.

However, as he looks set to finish just 12th overall this year, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher is instead signing up for a second season of Formula 2.

"I'm glad that I can continue in the same team," the German said.

"Of course, the step into Formula 1 would have been nice. But I see it as an advantage to gain another year of experience, especially as we will already use the low-profile tires in 2020, a year before Formula 1."

Indeed, ahead of F1's move to 18-inch wheels in 2021, Pirelli will supply the low profile tires to Formula 2 teams a year early in 2020.

"More experience can only be positive for me," Schumacher, 20, said. "The new tires are a big change and I can imagine that you have to drive differently with them."

When asked if the title is his goal for 2020, he answered: "Yes, my goal is to keep up with the best.

"I think it will be easier for me next year, because I know the car, the tracks and what happens on a race weekend."

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