The Ferrari and Alfa Romeo F1 teams confirmed that Mick Schumacher will drive their F1 cars on testing in Bahrain, which will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Since Mick signed for Ferrari’s Driver academy and confirmed that he will compete in the new 2019 F2 season, all media began to speculate when he will get the first opportunity to try the current F1 car.
Although at first it was speculated that Mick Schumacher would first test the Alfa Romeo and Haas cars which are using Ferrari’s engines and gearboxes, it was finally confirmed that the 20-year-old German will first drive the Ferrari SF90 on Tuesday, April 2, and then the Alfa Romeo C38 on Wednesday, April 3rd.
Another Ferrari member of the Academy Callum Ilott, who also competes in Formula 2 with Sauber’s junior team Charouz Racing, will drive the Alfa Romeo C38 on testing after the Spanish GP on May 14 and 15.
“We are firm believers in the value of the Ferrari Driver Academy, as a high level training programme for talented youngsters and the decision to give Charles Leclerc a race seat with our team is proof of that,” said 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.”
Alfa Romeo looking forward to working with Schumacher and Ilott
Alfa Romeo F1 team principal Frederic Vasseur is happy that his team will be working with exciting young talents like Schumacher and Ilott.
“We are very pleased to announce that Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will each complete a rookie test day for Alfa Romeo Racing,” said Frederic Vasseur.
“It is in our team’s DNA to spot and nurture young talents.”
“Mick and Callum are perfect examples of determined and skilled racers who deserve to be given the chance to take the next steps in their careers. Collaborating with two such promising drivers is great news for our team, and we look forward to working together.”
Schumacher will try to focus on F2
Mick Schumacher is thrilled with this oportunity, but wants to remain focused on his maiden F2 weekend in Bahrain.
“I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity,” said Schumacher.
“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.”