There is already a date, place and time for the debut of Mick Schumacher at a Formula 1 GP. The first participation of the son of seven-time champion Michael in an official session is scheduled for the weekend of the Eifel GP in Germany. The current F2 leader will drive Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo car in the first free practice at the Nurburgring.
– I’m very happy to have this chance. The fact that my first participation at a Formula 1 weekend takes place in front of my 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 try Formula 1 again after a year and a half of our test drive in Bahrain – says Mick
The German, a member of the Ferrari Drivers Academy (FDA), has already driven modern Ferrari F1 cars, as well as several models used by his father, including Michael’s seventh Ferrari F2004 at the Tuscan Grand Prix in Mugello. However, this will be the first participation in an official training of the category.
Mick Schumacher accelerates Ferrari F2004 at Mugello – Photo: Getty Images
In addition to Mick, two other drivers from the academy will make their debut in 2020. While Callum Ilott will also guide in the first free practice at the Eifel GP, but for Haas, Russian Robert Shwartzman will have his chance on Friday of the last GP of the year, in Abu Dhabi.
To prepare the three young drivers for the experiment, Ferrari will conduct a test with the 2018 car (with no mileage limit) at the Fiorano test track on Wednesday. The information was confirmed by the director of the young pilots program, Laurent Mekies.
– We want to organize this test session so that our three best young people are better prepared to face an event that will be a special moment for them. It will be a chance to become familiar with a Formula 1 car, which is much more complicated than the car they are used to driving. I would like to thank Haas and Alfa Romeo for offering Callum, Mick and Robert this opportunity. We strongly believe in our Academy, which has already proved its worth, with Charles Leclerc, a pilot with whom Scuderia can build its future in the long term – he says.