Mick Schumacher to make F1 test debut


Michael Schumacher’s son will test a Ferrari and Alfa Romeo at the Bahrain Formula 1 test

Mick Schumacher in a 2019 Prema F2 test

Ferrari junior driver Mick Schumacher will make his Formula 1 testing debut with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo Racing at the test after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

He will drive for Ferrari on the Tuesday – turning his first laps in a contemporary F1 car – and Alfa Romeo on the Wednesday.

The 20-year-old is the son of Michael Schumacher who won five of his seven F1 world titles at Ferrari. Mick Schumacher, who won the 2018 European F3 Championship and was signed up by the Ferrari Driver Academy in January, will also make his Formula 2 race debut at Bahrain this weekend.

“I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity,” Schumacher said. “I am really looking forward to what I’m sure will be a great experience.”

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Ferrari also confirmed that Callum Ilott, another member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and who joins Schumacher on the 2019 F2 grid, will test for Alfa Romeo at the F1 test at Barcelona in May.

“We are firm believers in the value of the Ferrari Driver Academy, as a high level training programme for talented youngsters and the decision to give Charles Leclerc a race seat with our team is proof of that,” added Ferrari’s team boss Mattia Binotto.

“We are therefore very pleased to be able to give Mick and Callum the opportunity to experience driving a Formula 1 car.”

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