Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s, son Mick Schumacher, made his successful Formula One test debut for Ferrari in Bahrain on Tuesday. The 20-year old completed 56 laps and he lapped second fastest behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
On an unexpected wet day at the same track where his father won the first grand prix in the Middle East with Ferrari 15 years back, Mick was 0.597 seconds slower than the 21-year-old Dutchman. The 20-year old best timing was one minute 29.976 seconds and it was set on the softest and fastest, C5 tyres – even softer than anyone else’s. He made 56 laps in a day where track time was restricted by bad weather till the middle of the day.
He made his Formula Two debut at the Sakhir circuit over the weekend and finished eighth and sixth in the opening two races in Bahrain. He had remained on the top with five minutes remaining before Verstappen went speedily.
Schumacher, who won the F3 championship last season, is a member of the Ferrari driver academy and is racing in F2 this season for the Prema team. Ferrari was the team with which his father won five consecutive world championships between 2000 and 2004.
The youngster took the Ferrari SF90 for his maiden F1 drive on Tuesday morning. Thirteen years after his father last drove for Ferrari, Schumacher stated that he quickly felt at home with the team and revelled in his first F1 drive. Mick stated that the SF90 is marvellous because of the power it has, but it is also smooth to drive, and that’s why he enjoyed the most. He was greatly fascinated by the braking power an F1 car has.
The reigning European F3 champion would also be testing the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo team (formerly Sauber) on Wednesday. Tuesday’s test was Mick’s first experience of a modern F1 car, even though he did drive his father’s 1994 title-winning Benetton at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit before the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.