Get to know David Schumacher a little better with an in-depth look at the German racer from his own perspective. We spoke to the 19-year-old to find out everything from his first racing memory, to his favourite track on the Formula 3 calendar.
NAME: David Schumacher DATE OF BIRTH: 23/10/2001
FIRST RACING MEMORY
“I can remember a friend of mine having an accident in my very first karting race. He was standing at the Marshall post after it happened and I was just driving for fun, and for some reason I started waving at him and it was a pretty awkward moment for us both!
“That is my first memory of racing, I was only around six-years-old in a baby kart. He was fine, it wasn't a bad accident, I think one of his tyres broke.”
“I would say that I’m pretty aggressive in the entry and I like to take a lot of speed into the corners. That isn't always a good thing, but on most occasions, it works out pretty well. I really enjoy fast corners.”
BIGGEST RACING ACHIEVEMENT
“I think that the biggest achievement that I’ve had in racing would be the karting Championships that I have won and the ADAC Formula 4 rookie title back in 2018. I would say the F4 Championship is the bigger of the two. I learned a lot from that experience.”
“My racing heroes are my father and my uncle, that is clear. My Dad gives me a lot of advice: he tells me lots, such as how to make a car work and how to properly prepare the tyres and this all helps me quite a lot.
“When they were driving, the cars were much lighter - I think the F1 car was nearly 200 kilos lighter than our F3 cars! So not everything is the same, but everything my father tells me, helps me.”
FAVOURITE TRACK ON THE F3 CALENDAR
“I think that I would say that it is Barcelona in Spain. I like the first and second sectors - although I really hate the final sector if I’m honest! I like the high-speed parts of this track a lot though. I really enjoy Turn 4, when you really have to carry the speed, but can't go too early on the throttle.”