F2 seat ‘simply not affordable’ to Mick’s cousin David

F2 seat ‘simply not affordable’ to Mick’s cousin David

David Schumacher, son of former Williams driver Ralf and cousin of present Haas driver Mick, says he didn’t have sufficient funds to race in System 2 this season, however has discovered a drive in DTM as an alternative.

He admitted that he was unable to achieve sufficient cash via sponsorship to pay for a drive in System 2, after trying to make the step up after two years in FIA System 3.

He completed eleventh within the championship final season, taking a race win in Austria and one other podium at Spa, however his single-seater journey on a path to System 1 has ended for now because of this.

Nevertheless, he’ll compete in a Mercedes within the well-known German touring automobile sequence in 2022, which the younger Schumacher is proud of for now.

“This was the step we needed to take in the intervening time, as a result of we didn’t discover sufficient sponsors for System 2, however we additionally acquired a very good provide with Mercedes and HTP-Winward,” mentioned the 20-year-old, as per Motorsport-Complete.

“That’s why we took the step in direction of the DTM in the intervening time.”

However his father Ralf defined that he funded most of his son’s junior profession up so far, however the sums concerned add up an excessive amount of for him to proceed on the trail via System 2 this season.

Schumacher Sr mentioned to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung: “The trail to System 1 is just now not inexpensive.

“We had two or three small supporters, however till now I mainly paid for all the things. And now there was nothing to be discovered, System 2 doesn’t stand out strongly sufficient as a format.

“Nonetheless, I had hoped that there could be extra curiosity from David. It will actually have labored effectively in synergy with Mick.”

The funds in motorsport have lengthy been a sticking level in bringing younger drivers via the classes, with Lewis Hamilton dubbing System 1 as a “billionaire boys membership” final yr, the place money is king in expertise coming as much as the highest tier.

Whereas Schumacher was able to speculate his personal cash into his son’s profession, he was capable of break down simply how a lot David’s profession has lightened his pockets to this point.



“You spend about 10 years in karting, averaging 150,000/200,000 euros [per year; ed.] then I’m at two million,” the previous System 1 driver defined.

“Then comes System 4, which can be one other two years. If I run System 4 correctly, then I’m at round 450,000 euros per season. Then we’re already at 2.9 million.”


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