Prema Powerteam has announced Mick Schumacher as its first first signing for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The 2018 FIA European Formula 3 Championship winner makes an expected step up to F2 with the Italian outfit with whom he contested and also won the F3 title this year. He becomes the first signing of Prema for 2019.

“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.”

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.

“We are excited for the start of the next chapter in his career and we are happy to be part of it.” It remains to be seen who he partners at Prema with Nyck de Vries expected to move to ART while there is no word yet on Sean Gelael’s future.