Mick Schumacher to make F1 practice debut with Alfa Romeo at Eifel GP


Three Ferrari Driver Academy drivers are set to take part in Formula 1 practice sessions in 2020, with Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott getting the call for the Eifel GP at the Nürburgring

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Mick Schumacher will get an FP1 drive in Germany with Alfa Romeo

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Mick Schumacher will take part in his first official Formula 1 weekend with Alfa Romeo at the Nürburgring, driving in first practice ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix.

All three of the Ferrari Driver Academy drivers competing in Formula 2 will make their maiden F1 appearances in a GP weekend this year, with Schumacher and Callum Ilott getting a drive at the next round in Germany.

Schumacher will drive for Alfa Romeo in Free Practice One, replacing Antonio Giovinazzi. Ilott will fulfil duties with Haas in the same session. Reigning F3 champion Robert Schwartzman will have to wait until FP1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December, with the Russian’s chance also coming with Alfa Romeo.

The son of seven-time F1 champion Michael, Mick has been finding his feet in Formula 2 in 2020 and heads up the championship with four races remaining. He has previously tested F1 machinery, taking part in the post-2019 Bahrain GP tests in April of last year for both Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said.

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“The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend will take place in front of my home audience at the Nürburgring makes this moment even more special.

“I would like to thank Alfa Romeo Racing and the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me the opportunity to get another taste of Formula 1 air one and a half years after our common test drive in Bahrain.

“For the next ten days I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

Schumacher will have good memories of the Nürburgring circuit where he secured a three-race clean sweep in 2018 to kick-start a late-season push for the Euro F3 title, one he went on to win against then-Red Bull junior driver and current F2 rival, Dan Ticktum.

Ilott is currently Schumacher’s closest rival in the F2 standings, sat in second position 22 points adrift of the leader.

“It’s a real privilege to get my first run in a free practice session, especially to do it with Haas F1 Team,” Ilott said.

“It’s amazing to have this chance at a track that is one of my favourites – it was where I scored the first podium of my career back in 2015.

“The Nürburgring means a lot to me and is a track with a real heritage, so it’s great that I’ll have my first outing at a Formula 1 race weekend there. Thanks to Haas F1 Team and to the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me such a great opportunity.

“It should be really fun and exciting. I plan to make the most of it, I’m definitely looking forward to it.”