Mick Schumacher said he is overwhelmed to follow in his father's footsteps and realise his childhood dream by racing in Formula One.
The 21-year-old son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will be on the grid for the season-opening race in Melbourne on March 21 after signing a multi-year agreement with American team Haas.
It will mark the return of the Schumacher name to the sport, nine years after the German retired for a second time, and 30 years since Michael burst onto the scene with an impressive debut for Jordan at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.
Schumacher went on to win 91 times for Benetton and Ferrari, clinching five titles for the Scuderia at the turn of the century.
His number of wins has only recently been surpassed by Lewis Hamilton, while the Mercedes driver emulated the German's Championship record at the Turkish Grand Prix last month.
Schumacher (51) has not been seen in public view for almost seven years after a skiing accident in the French Alps left him with devastating brain injuries. His son, Mick, was alongside him at the time of the tragic accident.
"It is amazing to be racing in the same sport as he did," said Schumacher jnr. "It is a sport we both love so much, so to be able to go on a similar path and get to know the sport inside out is amazing.
"To finally reach my goal and to be one of those 20 drivers is something incredible. I am just really overwhelmed, happy it is confirmed, and that I am going to be standing on the grid next year. It is a dream come true for me, a dream I've been chasing since I was three, and now it's finally happened it's great."
Schumacher's wife Corinna has insisted her husband's condition remains secretive.
"My mum was actually quite unsurprised when I told her," added Mick when asked how she reacted to news he would be in F1 in 2021. "She was sure I was going to make it. I have always had her support, and the support of all my family."