MRF Challenge: Mick Schumacher, Harrison Newey to return

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher, and Harrison Newey, son of legendary F1 car designer Adrian Newey will return for a full season of the MRF Challenge 2016 season.

The FIA-sanctioned MRF Challenge 2016 championship will feature four rounds with 14 races in Bahrain, Dubai, New Delhi and Chennai.   -  Getty Images

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher, and Harrison Newey, son of legendary F1 car designer Adrian Newey will return for a full season of the MRF Challenge 2016 season that will kick-start this weekend in Bahrain alongside the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The FIA-sanctioned MRF Challenge 2016 championship will feature four rounds with 14 races in Bahrain, Dubai, New Delhi and Chennai. This will also mark the return to the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi after a three-year absence.

Joining Schumacher and Newey will be German F4 Champion Joey Mawson, 2015 Italian F4 Champion and F3 race winner Ralf Aron, Japanese F3 Champion Yoshiaki Katayama and Manuel Maldonado, cousin of former F1 race winner Pastor Maldonado.

In its fifth year, the MRF Challenge will feature 17 MRF Formula 2000 race cars, which have been made in India by JA Motorsport, who are based in Coimbatore. The Formula 3 style car has been built by JA Motorsport in technical collaboration with Dallara. The new car is powered by a two-litre Mountune Duratec engine with max power of 230 bhp and shod on MRF Z.L.O. tyres. The car will also feature advanced aerodynamics with underbody diffuser and a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox.

India’s first ever Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan, who has played a key role in developing the car, said, “I have been working closely with MRF for many years and it is great to see their commitment for the sport only increase season by season. It’s a fantastic package for young drivers to really learn how a high-grip, high-downforce single-seater works and is surely unmatched in terms of the value and track time it offers for experienced drivers as well.”

MRF Challenge 2016 Calendar:

Round 1: November 17-19, 2016, Bahrain, Bahrain International Circuit (WEC Support Race)

Round 2: December 7-9, 2016, Dubai, Dubai Autodrome

Round 3: January 27-29, 2017, New Delhi, Buddh International Circuit

Round 4: February 17-19, 2017, Chennai, Madras Motor Race Track