Ecclestone wants Mick Schumacher in F1
5 January 2017 – Bernie Ecclestone says that he is keen to see Mick Schumacher reach Formula 1.
Schumacher Jr., 17, has been steadily climbing the single-seater ranks in recent seasons, while his father, Michael, continues to recover from the skiing accident he suffered in late 2013.
After finishing runner-up in both German and Italian Formula 4 last year, Schumacher Jr. will make the step up to European Formula 3 with the highly-successful Prema Powerteam for 2017.
Ecclestone reckons Schumacher Jr. would boost the sport if he makes it to Formula 1 in the future, telling German newspaper Bild: "If he is anywhere near as good as his father, why not?
"It would be good for Formula 1 if the Schumacher name were represented again."
Schumacher Jr. added: "From a professionalism point of view, it [European Formula 3] is a bit closer to the direction of Formula 1. It all gets closer together and becomes a bit more difficult."
"I want to be Formula 1 World Champion; this is what every racer wants, I think."
Williams signing Lance Stroll won the F3 title with Prema in 2016, and Schumacher Jr.'s team-mates for 2017 include British youngster Callum Ilott (18) and Ferrari-backed Guanyu Zhou (17).
Michael Schumacher's brother, Ralf, also competed in Formula 1, racing for Jordan, Williams and Toyota between 1997 and 2007, taking six wins and 21 further podiums in the process.