Mick Schumacher continues to follow in his father’s considerable racing footsteps and will make his Formula 1 test debut in Ferrari colors in Bahrain this weekend.
The son of legendary driver Michael Schumacher – who won five of his seven world titles in the famous red cars – was signed by the Ferrari Devlopment Academy (FDA) earlier this year.
He is also scheduled to test drive for Ferrari on April 2 and Alfa Romeo (who Ferrari have a partnership with) on April 3 during the first in-season tests of 2019.
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“I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity,” the young Schumacher said. “I am really looking forward to what I’m sure will be a great experience.”
Sebastian Vettel will join Schumacher as Ferrari’s other driver for the first in-season test. Young British driver Callum Ilott will also test Ferrari’s Formula 1 one car after May’s Spanish Grand Prix.
“We are firm believers in the value of the Ferrari Driver Academy, as a high level training program for talented youngsters,” said Team Principal Mattia Binotto.
“We are therefore very pleased to be able to give Mick and Callum the opportunity to experience driving a Formula 1 car.
“Mick, who joined the FDA in January, and Callum, who has been with us since 2017, are definitely drivers on their way up and I believe that driving the SF90 in an official setting such as the tests in Bahrain and Barcelona can be very useful at this stage in their career.”
The 20-year-old Schumacher is the reigning Formula 3 champion and is also set to make his Formula 2 debut this weekend in Bahrain.