(Motorsport-Total.com) – Formula 2 driver Mick Schumacher is about to make his debut in the premier class: When Formula 1 takes place at the Nürburgring in the Eifel from October 9 to 11, it will be the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher contest first free practice on Friday in Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo.
“I’m overjoyed to get this chance in free practice. The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend is taking place in front of my home crowd at the Nürburgring makes this moment even more special,” said Schumacher.
“I would like to thank Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for allowing me to get a taste of Formula 1 again a year and a half after our test drive together in Bahrain. I will prepare myself well for the next ten days so that I can get the best possible result Can do work for the team and get some valuable data for the weekend. “
In addition to Schumacher also Ilott before Formula 1 debut
Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur enthuses: “There is no doubt that Mick is one of the great talents, his recent results have shown that. He is obviously fast, but he is also consistent and mature – all hallmarks of a champion in the making . We look forward to working with you again. “
Since Formula 2 is not part of the supporting program in Germany, the 21-year-old can concentrate fully on his Formula 1 debut. And he’s not alone in that at the Nürburgring, because Schumacher’s Formula 2 colleague Callum Ilott will also be sitting there in a current Formula 1 racing car. He is doing the first free practice at the Haas.
Both are fighting for the title in the current Formula 2 season. Schumacher leads four races before the end with 22 points ahead of Ilott. In Sochi, the German won the main race at the weekend and was third in the sprint race.
Preliminary test in the Ferrari SF71H on Wednesday in Fiorano
Both Schumacher and Ilott have driven a Formula 1 car before: The Englishman completed 41 laps (191 kilometers) behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo Racing C38 during the test in Barcelona. In Bahrain last year, Schumacher tested on two days and completed 126 laps (682 kilometers). On the first day he drove a Ferrari SF90 and then an Alfa Romeo Racing C38.
In preparation for their Formula 1 debut in the Eifel, the young drivers will test this Wednesday on the Fiorano racetrack behind the wheel of an SF71H, the Formula 1 car that Scuderia Ferrari started in the 2018 season. Then with Robert Schwartzmann a third Ferrari junior is on board.
Schumacher’s team-mate will also get his chance in Formula 1 this year. He is scheduled for the last Friday training session of the 2020 season in Abu Dhabi. For him it will be the first time ever at the wheel of a Formula 1 car.
Laurent Mekies, Director of the Ferrari Driver Academy explains: “We wanted to organize this test session so that our top three students are as prepared as possible to tackle an event that will always be a special moment for them. It will be a chance to get familiar with a Formula 1 car that is much more complicated than the car they know. “
“I would like to thank Haas and Alfa Romeo Racing for giving Callum, Mick and Robert this opportunity. We strongly believe in our academy, which has already proven its worth with Charles Leclerc, a driver that Scuderia has theirs on can build a long-term future, “Mekies continues.