Mick Schumacher To Follow In Father's Footsteps And Make F1 Test Debut For Ferrari
The 20-year-old son of Michael Schumacher will be given his official F1 debut for Ferrari in a test, next week.
The German driver, who has recently signed for the Ferrari academy, starts his test event on Tuesday, April 2.
The Italian driving team are testing in Bahrain, before Schumacher tests for Alfa Romeo a day later at the same venue.
Ahead of his Formula 2 campaign later this week, the son of the seven times world champion Michael Schumacher said:
"I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity.
"I am really looking forward to what I'm sure will be a great experience."
Mick Schumacher will complete his first test for @ScuderiaFerrari in Bahrain next week :thumbsup:- Formula 1 (@F1) March 26, 2019
Here he is talking earlier this year about the Ferrari Driver Academy and why being compared to his father, Michael has never been a problem #F1 (Video courtesy of @PREMA_Team) pic.twitter.com/0aefUwkH9C
Before driving at the Sakhir circuit in F2, which acts as a feeder championship to F1, Schumacher also stated:
"For the moment, I am consciously putting all thoughts of the test to the side, because I am also very much looking forward to competing in my first F2 race and would like to focus a hundred per cent on the weekend to come."
OFFICIAL: Mick Schumacher to drive for Ferrari next Tuesday at the Bahrain test. Will then drive for Alfa Romeo on Wednesday #F1- Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) March 26, 2019
After his dads skiing accident five years ago, Schumacher Jnr is keen to make his dad proud and create a driving legacy of his own.
His participation in the season's first test event next week will be another huge step towards following in his footsteps.
Busy week ahead for Euro F3 champ Mick Schumacher, who raced on DTM's support bill last year. It's not only his first @FIA_F2 race - he'll also test for @ScuderiaFerrari & @TeamAlfaRomeoF1! :flag_de::muscle: pic.twitter.com/cegRH0yX0T- DTM (@DTM) March 26, 2019
Michael won 7 world titles, 5 of which were for Ferrari.
He also won a record of 91 grands prix, which is an incredible feat.