Hakkinen puts his money on Schumacher for F1 drive

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Two-time F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen is convinced Mick Schumacher will find a seat in Formula 1 "very soon".

Schumacher's win in the FIA Formula 2 Championship's feature race at Monza and another bag of points filled at Mugello has put the 21-year-old in command of junior series' drivers' standings with just two four races remaining on the calendar.

The German is considered a prime candidate for a seat at Alfa Romeo Racing for 2021, a promotion that would practically become undoubtable if Schumacher wins the F2 title.

Last Sunday at Mugello, the young charger demonstrated his father's race winning Ferrari F2004, and the run encouraged Hakkinen to assess the son of his former arch rival, Michael Schumacher.

"It was very nice to see Mick driving his father’s 2004 Ferrari on a demonstration run," Hakkinen wrote in his Unibet column.

"It reminded us how great those V10 engines sounded and the incredible success that Michael achieved with that car and the others with which he won five world titles.

"It is great to see Mick’s career progressing well, including now leading the Formula 2 Championship, and I am certain he will find a seat in Formula 1 very soon.

"It will be a special moment for him, the Schumacher family and Formula 1 when it happens."

Another former F1 driver who has been impressed by Schumacher's progress and believes Schumacher is ready to step up to the next level is Gerhard Berger.

"I think he’s ripe to take the step into Formula 1," the Austrian told Speedweek. "I like him a lot and slowly he is working his way to the top in every category.

"For me, it is important to see whether a racing driver has fluctuations or a championship profile, that he fights for a title with his head and with stamina, even if he ‘only’ comes second in the end.

"I see that with Mick – his father also had it very strongly."

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