Mercedes’ new Kimi takes one other step up the ladder in the direction of F1

The Italian, who solely turned 16 in August, has lengthy been touted as a future racing star and joined the Mercedes junior programme in April 2019.

Since 2015 he has been profitable karting championships and now in vehicles, has simply captured the ADAC Formulation 4 title for Prema Racing with 9 wins out of 15, 47 factors forward of his nearest rival despite the fact that he missed one of many six weekends of the marketing campaign.

He's additionally set to clinch the Italian Formulation 4 Championship, properly clear with one three-race spherical remaining.

Bologna-born Antonelli, who was born the 12 months earlier than his namesake Kimi Raikkonen first joined Ferrari, will solely know of Ayrton Senna by tales, books and video footage, however nonetheless has adopted the three-time Formulation 1 World Champion as a hero.

“Sadly, I used to be by no means capable of see him dwell, however the fascination round Senna grabbed me once I noticed a report about him in entrance of the TV as a little bit boy,” defined Antonelli.

Antonelli solely celebrated his sixteenth birthday a few months in the past, however don’t overlook Max Verstappen was a mere 17 years and three days when he made his F1 race weekend debut.

The foundations have been modified since then, after all – it's important to be 18 to qualify for a Tremendous Licence now – however a second Kimi might discover himself in Formulation 1 solely a handful of years after the primary one bade farewell.