F1: Mick Schumacher Makes Ferrari Debut In Sakhir


Schumacher’s Debut Formula One Test In Bahrain.

Mick Schumacher, son of seven time world champion, Michael, had his first test in a Formula 1 car on Tuesday, driving Ferrari’s 2019 car, the SF90.

The Ferrari Academy Driver also made his Formula 2 debut this weekend with the Prema, the team who Mick won Euro F3 with in 2018 and dominated Formula 2 in 2017 with Charles Leclerc.

Mick finished 8th and 6th respectively in both races of his F2 debut.

On Tuesday morning Mick jumped in the car for an installation lap.

A few minutes later, despite the track being hit by a sand storm following Sunday’s Grand Prix, Mick began his first run, piecing together consecutive laps at a promising pace for the Scuderia.

The young German had completed 33 laps, putting himself top of times in the morning session with a 1.32.552.

In the afternoon, The drivers were only able to get back on track around 5pm local time due to some unexpected rain fall in the desert of Sakhir.

Mick completed a further 23 laps, as he gradually gained confidence in the SF90, while working on a programme including tyre and set-up work.

Mick had a best time of a 1.29.976, with the German racking up 56 laps in total and had moved to the head of the time sheets before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reclaimed top spot just before the end of the session.

Mick Schumacher in the Ferrari garage ahead of his debut test. Image sourced from @F1 via Twitter.

Schumacher: “I really enjoyed today. It felt like home in the garage from the very first moment with a lot of people who know me since I was very young.”

“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.”

“I was impressed by the braking power an F1 car has.” added the German.

“It seemed to me you could brake later and later and the car would have made the turn anyway. I would like to say thank you Ferrari for this incredible opportunity and I’m looking forward to test the Alfa Romeo tomorrow.”

Sebastian Vettel will be back behind the wheel of the Ferrari on the final day of the Sakhir test.

While 20-year-old Schumacher will be in cockpit for Alfa Romeo on Wednesday.