David Schumacher takes Rookie title
David Schumacher secured the Rookie title in the second race of the season finale of the ADAC Formula 4 at Hockenheim. The son of ex-Formula 1 and DTM driver Ralf Schumacher won through despite puncturing after a contact on the first lap.
The 16-year-old driver of Team US Racing CHRS – which is jointly managed by his father Ralf and Gerhard Ungar – is the cousin of Mick, who finished the 2016 ADAC Formula 4 season as championship runner-up.
Like so many of his predecessors, Schumacher took the first steps of his motorsport career in kart. In 2016, he finished fifth in the German Kart Championship, and in 2017 was series runner-up. At the beginning of the year, it was decided that the time had come for him to switch from karting to formula racing. His first venture at this level – the Formula 4 of the United Arab Emirates – went off very well, as David Schumacher was soon notching up victories in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and ended the championship in second place.
“His development has proceeded at a steady pace, and he has been on a steep learning curve,” says Ralf Schumacher. “Towards the end, he has been one of the fastest drivers in the field, which is in any case already very strong. Of course, it’s very gratifying for me personally. My main focus has not so much been on winning the title, but rather on David’s personal development.”
Twice a day, David trains with his father. “In addition, I’m getting ready to do the test for my driving licence right now,” says David, “Of course, it’s a bit more boring on the road than on the racetrack.”
With his secondary school leaving certificate in the bag, Schumacher now intends to concentrate fully on his career in motorsport. And if, contrary to expectations, things don’t work out for him there, he is looking at taking a degree in the general field of technology. “Maybe mechanical engineering, but I’m not sure at the moment,” says David.