Mick Schumacher, 19, was crowned the 2018 Formula 3 champion on Saturday. He achieved the feat with a race to spare after finishing second in race two in Hockenheim, with Juri Vips winning after starting in pole position.
Schumacher, who is the son of the seven times Formula One world champion, Michael, went into the weekend's races with a 49-point lead over nearest rival, Dan Ticktum, and had to avoid dropping just 15 points to the Red Bull driver in order to seal the title. With the German starting second on the grid and Ticktum back in 15th, the title was Schumacher's to lose and although he did not claim the race victory, it was still a fairly routine outing to win the championship.
After beginning proceedings in second, Schumacher made an initial assault but eventually settled for second knowing Ticktum was a safe distance behind. In the first race in Hockenheim, Schumacher didn't get off to the best of starts when he collided with his team-mate, Marcus Armstrong, leading to a finish in 12th, while Ticktum came fifth.
Asked about what the success meant to him, the younger Schumacher said, ''Well it's a lot. I mean, it means everything to be honest because it's the first real championship that I've won and I've won with a lot of hard work. Sitting behind it and a lot of hard work not only for myself, but really the most work came from the team and I'm really just grateful for what they've done all season long for me. And they're just happy that I'm able to be here and really live the moment."
He added, "It's unbelievable that I actually stand here and I can call myself the Formula 3 winner. But, to tell you the truth it hasn't really sunk in yet. I still cannot really believe it. But in the days to come I will realise that all the hard work we've done in the past year and in the previous years, because Formula 3 has been a two-year plan, that all this work is now actually paying off. It is really enormous."