Mick Schumacher will race in the FIA Formula 2 championship with Prema next season, stepping closer to a seat in Formula 1. The German won the European Formula 3 Championship this year, beating Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum to the title.
On his way to the championship, the German took eight wins and a further six podiums. Schumacher will test with Prema at the Yas Marina Circuit from Thursday to Saturday later this week.
"I'm really looking forward to contesting my next season with Prema in FIA Formula 2 - a logical step on my sporting path in my view, because I want to further improve my technical experience and driving skills," said Schumacher.
"For me, it was very clear to go into Formula 2 with Prema. I can't thank the Prema family enough for what we achieved together as a team, especially this year, how we continued to develop together. I'm also really excited to drive the Formula 2 tests in Abu Dhabi.
Prema team principal Rene Rosin added: "We are proud to welcome Mick to our Formula 2 operation for 2019. He is an extremely talented and dedicated racer, working with him is a pleasure and we can't wait to begin this adventure together.
"This championship is not an easy one due to its learning curve for rookies especially with the introduction of the new car, but we think that Mick has the maturity and skills needed to make it."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing