Eight of the last 13 winners of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship (until 2013, it was called the Formula 3 Euro Series) have gone on to race in Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg, Romain Grosjean, and Esteban Ocon all cut their teeth in the little single-seaters, before graduating to the big leagues.
So the odds that this year’s winner, who was crowned at Hockenheim last weekend, will go on to join them is really very good indeed. Better than most, in fact, given his surname. Yep, Mick Schumacher is a Schumacher—one and only son of seven-time world champion Michael, who continues to battle injuries sustained in a skiing accident five years ago.
The 19-year-old scored seven pole positions, eight wins and 13 podiums on his way to the championship, in only his second season in the sport. “It’s a slightly unreal feeling—I’m absolutely delighted,” said Mick. “I still can’t quite believe it. All I can say is thank you to everyone in the team for your support during this incredible season.”
Hopefully it’s not too long before we see what he can do in a big-boy F1 car.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.