Schumacher's son Mick a step closer to F1

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"I'm just flabbergasted", Schumacher said.

Mick Schumacher has secured eight wins in 12 races including five in a row with the Mercedes-powered Prema team.

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff also stated that he believes the teenager to have great potential.

Michael Schumacher won the F3 German title in 1990 before starting his Formula One career one year later.

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Schumacher finished 12th in his maiden season in Formula 3, and struggled early this season before winning five straight races to wrest control of the championship from his rivals.

Mick Schumacher is destined to end up in Formula 1 if he keeps delivering the kind of performances which have crowned him European Formula 3 champions, according to former grand prix victor Gerhard Berger.

With the spotlight permanently on young Schumacher, he was fiercely guarded from reporters' questions by Sabine Kehm, his father's manager. And from next year, the Formula 3 will receive the status worldwide, and Schumacher will be able to compete there.

The seven-time Formula One champion ended his career in 2012 and has not made a public appearance since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in late 2013.

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For nearly 15 years the sportsman competed in the prestigious Formula One championship, teaming up with big names such as Benetton Ford, Mercedes and Ferrari.

"He has shown that he has what it takes and that he can become one of the greats in our sport".

The crown also qualifies him to race in Formula 1 next season, although there are only a few open rides and the more obvious goal of conquering Formula 2.

Previous winners of the series, which has evolved over the years, include four-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes.

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In 2014, Mick junior finished the karting season second overall in the German, European and world championships.

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