Michael Schumacher's son makes F1 test debut

Tanya Simon
April 3, 2019

The Ferrari Driver Academy is evaluating Schumacher as an F1 prospect for the future and the 20-year-old is due to drive for Alfa Romeo in the second day of the test on Wednesday.

"I was impressed by the braking power an F1 auto has".

Mick Schumacher heads out onto the Bahrain International Circuit for his first test in a Formula 1 Ferrari. "It felt like home in the garage from the very first moment with a lot of people that know me since I was very young", said Schumacher.

Mick Schumacher hailed an "amazing" first full day behind the wheel of a Formula 1 vehicle, but stressed he is in no rush to secure a seat.

"The SF90 is incredible because of the power it has, but it is also smooth to drive, and that's why I enjoyed myself so much", said Schumacher.

Mick Schumacher has finally admitted to looking forward to his F1 test debut this week.

His legendary dad made the team great as he won five world championships with them back-to-back from 2000 to 2004.

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Tuesday's test was Mick Schumacher's first experience of a modern F1 auto, although he did drive his father's 1994 title-winning Benetton at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit before the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton, Sunday's race victor for Mercedes after Ferrari's Charles Leclerc suffered a late engine problem, was sixth fastest.

Schumacher Jr's career progression has accelerated since last summer. He finished the session second fastest ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris in third, with Romain Grosjean fourth fastest in the Haas.

Schumacher was using tyres two grades softer than Leclerc had, but testing times are notoriously meaningless on their own as teams do not reveal the specifications in which they are running their cars - fuel loads, tyres and engine modes make a significant different to lap times. Another Briton, George Russell, was last on the timesheets for Williams but will test for Mercedes on Wednesday.

It was a full four hours until the weather improved enough for cars to return to the track, with Lewis Hamilton and Schumacher the first two to venture out and test the conditions.

He is behind the wheel of McLaren's MCL34 as part of his role as an ambassador and advisor for the team, seeking to aid the development of its 2019 vehicle. McLaren welcomed back Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso who enjoyed being back in an F1 auto. He completed 64 laps, was 11th fastest and he was impressed with this year's model.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise through the lower classes of motorsport, and won the Formula 3 European Championship last year. "I am taking one step at a time".

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