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Wesley Branton | March 26, 2019 @ 8:27 pm
It may not be long before we see the Schumacher name in F1 as Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time World Drivers’ Champion Michael Schumacher, gets set to make his F1 testing debut after the Bahrain GP. The 20-year-old German Formula 2 driver will participate in two days of testing thanks to Ferrari.
Schumacher is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA), which aims to scope out young talent that will eventually advance through the ranks. In 2018, he won the Formula 3 European Championship with the Perma team and is competing in Formula 2 this year with the same team.
He has been invited to drive in the post-Bahrain Grand Prix in-season test, which starts on Tuesday next week. He will behind the wheel of Ferrari’s SF90 before Sebastian Vettel takes over the following day.
However, Schumacher will also be driving on Wednesday with Sauber. The Sauber team is a supporter of the FDA. Fellow FDA member Callum Ilott will also be partaking in a rookie test with Sauber.
“I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity,” explained Mick Schumacher in a press statement. “I am really looking forward to what I’m sure will be a great experience. But for the moment, I am consciously putting all thoughts of the test to one side, because I am also very much looking forward to competing in my first F2 race and would like to focus a hundred percent on the weekend to come.”
As the son of a seven-time World Champion, Mick Schumacher will have a lot to live up to. His father, having started his career with Benetton, raced with Ferrari from 1996 until his retirement at the end of 2006. He returned in 2010 to help Mercedes with their new team before finally retiring in 2012. Throughout his career, he smashed a plethora of records including the most World Championship titles (7), the most career wins (91), the most wins in a single season (13), the most podium finishes (155) and the most laps led (5111) among others.