Mick Schumacher suffered a major setback in his Formula 4 championship hopes this weekend at Nurburgring. After starting his weekend with a race win on Saturday, he didn’t manage to close the championship gap on Sunday due to a drive-through penalty.
Michael Schumacher’s son ended up in 15th place in the ADAC Formula 4 race at Nurburgring on Sunday morning. According to Sport24, this was the second of three races that were contested over the weekend. The 17-year-old racer had been fighting in a competitive position when he made contact with championship leader Joey Mawson.
The dangerous move forced stewards to hand him a drive-through penalty. This forced the young Schumacher out of the points and even further behind Mawson in the championship standings. He managed to make a small recovery in the third race on Sunday afternoon by finishing second. However, the points lost in the second race made a big dent on Schumacher’s championship hopes.
Due to the penalty, Mawson ended the weekend with a 46-point cushion over Schumacher. He remains the favorite to win the title with only two race weekends left in the calendar. “It’s a pity that the outcome was decided by Mick getting a drive-through penalty. He made one small mistake which cost him dearly. But that’s racing,” he said.
Australian driver Mawson is fighting for the championship in a Van Amersfoort Racing car. Meanwhile, Mick Schumacher drives for the Prema Powerteam. Mawson now has 297 points and Schumacher has 251. They will next compete in Zandvoort, Netherlands on Aug. 19-21. The season will be concluded in Hockenheim on Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
While the young Schumacher is steadily fighting to make his mark on the racing scene, his father continues to fight his own battle. Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher continues to recover from massive head injuries sustained during a ski accident in December 2013.