WATCH: Mick Schumacher’s Ferrari Test Ahead of F1 Debut in the Eifel GP

Published 10/01/2020, 4:50 AM EDT
Racing driver Mick Schumacher attends an event to celebrate 90 years of Italian premium sports car maker Ferrari racing team at Milan’s Duomo square, in Milan, Italy REUTERS/Flavio lo Scalzo/File Photo


Three young drivers of the Ferrari Academy are beaming with excitement. And why not, when an F1 Free Practice debut is on the horizon? One of the candidates selected for the opportunity is Mick Schumacher.

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Just a few days back, Ferrari themselves confirmed the news. Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott, and Robert Shwartzman were all given a chance to drive an F1 car at the Scuderia’s affiliate teams.

Mick Schumacher will be at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo C39 during the session. While Callum Ilott would be driving the Haas VF-20 in more than a week’s time at the Nurburgring.

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Mick Schumacher ‘super excited’ for the opportunity

Ahead of the debuts, however, the Ferrari Drivers Academy (FDA) are taking some concrete steps. One of them includes a training session in the Ferrari SF71H, to get a feel of the hybrid single-seater vehicle. The car was used in Ferrari’s 2018 season.

Mick took to Twitter to share the happiness of driving the car. His post was captioned, “It was super exciting to drive the SF71H from 2018 in Fiorano today. Thanks for such a special training session @insideFDA @ScuderiaFerrari! #essereFerrari #F1”

Michael Schumacher’s son seemed comfortable driving the Ferrari SF71H. Pacing his laps across the Fiorano Circuit, Mick eased around the corners and looked to speed up in the straights.

Schumacher helped by Vettel’s race engineer

Helping Mick’s cause in the test program was none other than Riccardo Adami, the race engineer for Sebastian Vettel. Parting tips to the youngster at the tighter corners, Mick Schumacher was using this to his gain as he completed several laps around the circuit.

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Speaking later on in a brief interview, Mick stated, “That was very useful to get used to the complex processes in the cockpit. And of course to experience how a team works at the highest level.

“A few weeks ago I was allowed to drive the F2004 in Mugello, a great car – but a bit antiquated. The experience of a 2018 hybrid car has now taught me how important electronics are for the drive and how much progress Formula 1 in Things aerodynamics.” (translated from Google Translate)

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Mick Schumacher is currently leading the Formula 2 Championship with 191 points. The talk is that he is one frontrunner for an F1 seat next season; should he impress in Nurburgring, he will be taking a step further to achieving that objective.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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