Mick Schumacher will take part in his first official Formula 1 test sessions for both Ferrari and Alfa Romeo in Bahrain next week.
The first in-season test of 2019 will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday following this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Schumacher is now a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) following his European Formula 3 Championship victory last year, and has been entrusted with a day’s testing for Ferrari on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of his father Michael who won five drivers’ championships with the Scuderia.
“I am obviously more than excited, and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity,” Schumacher said. “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.”
After his day with Ferrari, Schumacher, who will make his F2 debut for Prema in Bahrain this weekend, will then switch teams to drive for Alfa Romeo on the second day of the test, while fellow FDA member Callum Ilott will get to test for Alfa at the second in-season test in Barcelona in May.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the opportunity for both drivers to spend time in F1 machinery is part of their ongoing development, singling out one of his current race drivers as an example of how it can soon lead to a full-time drive.
“We are firm believers in the value of the Ferrari Driver Academy, as a high level training program for talented youngsters and the decision to give Charles Leclerc a race seat with our team is proof of that,” Binotto said. “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.”
Sebastian Vettel will follow Schumacher in driving on day two of the Bahrain test for Ferrari. Teams have to use two of the four in-season test days to give track time to rookie drivers, defined as any driver to start no more than two grands prix.