Schumacher gets a Free Practice outing in Germany
Mick Schumacher will get another chance to impress potential Formula 1 team bosses with a free practice outing at next week’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
The Ferrari young driver who is currently in an intense title fight for this season’s Formula 2 championship with fellow Ferrari junior Callum Ilott will drive for Alfa Romeo replacing Antonio Giovinazzi.
Both drivers will not be having their first outing in Formula 1 machinery however as both have driven for Alfa Romeo in test session whilst Schumacher had a chance to drive for Ferrari in a test in 2019 watched on by his mother Corinna.
The twenty-one-year-old German who has won two races in this Formula 2 season is overjoyed to be making his official Formula 1 debut at a track which his father Michael won at five times.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice. The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend will take place in front of my home audience at the Nürburgring makes this moment even more special. I would like to thank Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me the opportunity to get another taste of Formula 1 air one and a half years after our common test drive in Bahrain.
In preparation for his debut, Schumacher has proclaimed that he will get himself well prepared for his debut session with the aim of helping Alfa Romeo find valuable data around the Nurburgring circuit.
“For the next ten days, I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”
Team principal Frédéric Vasseur praised Schumacher’s ability and maturity behind the wheel with the Frenchman already believing that Schumacher had what it takes to become a future World champion.
“There is no doubt that Mick is one of the great talents coming through the feeder series’ ranks and his recent results have been showing it. He is obviously quick, but he is also consistent and mature behind the wheel – all hallmarks of a champion in the making. He impressed us with his approach and work ethic on those occasions he has been with us last year and we are looking forward to working with him once more at the Nürburgring.”
The German will make his official Formula 1 practice debut alongside Callum Ilott who drives for Haas whilst Robert Shwatzman will drive for Alfa Romeo at Abu Dhabi.
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