Mick Schumacher will step up to the FIA Formula 2 championship in 2019 with Prema Racing after being confirmed by the team on Tuesday ahead of post-season testing.

The son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, Mick won the FIA European Formula 3 title in 2018 with eight wins and seven poles to his name.

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Schumacher will continue his long-running partnership with Prema in 2019 when he joins its F2 operation, and is the team’s first confirmed driver for next season.

“I'm really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2 - a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills,” Schumacher said.

“For me, it was very clear to go into Formula 2 with Prema. I can't thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together.

“I’m also really excited to drive the Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi.”

Prema team boss Rene Rosin added: “We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019. He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can't wait to begin this adventure together.

“This Championship is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it.

“We are excited for the start of the next chapter in his career and we are happy to be part of it."

Schumacher will feature in the post-season F2 test at the Yas Marina Circuit later this week, with running scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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