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Mick Schumacher makes F1 testing debut with Ferrari
Mick Schumacher makes F1 debut with Ferrari
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04 April, 2019

The reigning European Formula 3 champion and son of seven-time F1 title victor Michael Schumacher made his F1 test debut in Bahrain on Tuesday, driving for Ferrari. Recall, he joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in January.

He is to have a second test day, this time for Alfa Romeo, on Wednesday. The SF90 is incredible because of the power it has, but it is also smooth to drive, and that's why I enjoyed myself so much.

"I was impressed by the braking power an F1 auto has".

"It seemed to me you could brake later and later and the vehicle would have made the turn anyway", the German added.

Schumacher, though, said despite the tests, and amid Italian press reports that he would make an ideal replacement for struggling Sebastian Vettel, he is in no rush to step up to F1.

Lewis Hamilton, Sunday's race victor for Mercedes after Ferrari's Charles Leclerc suffered a late engine problem, was sixth fastest.

Schumacher is the only driver making his F1 test debut on Tuesday, with the rest of the line-up comprising regular race drivers. Fernando Alonso also returned to F1, conducting a tyre test for Pirelli in a McLaren at the Sakhir circuit.

Michael Schumacher, who still holds the record of 91 grand prix wins, won five of his titles with Ferrari in a golden period from 2000 to 2004.

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Russell tested with champions Mercedes past year, setting a track record in Hungary in August, and enjoyed being back up to speed with a best lap of 1:29.029 at the Sakhir circuit.

Having driven the FW42 on Tuesday, we wonder how big a difference he felt when switching cars the following day - his lap time certainly suggests it was considerable. Schumacher Jr first took to the wheel in karting in 2008.

More than 12 years after Formula One great Michael Schumacher drove his last race for Ferrari, his son has shown he might be ready to carry on the family legacy.

Lewis Hamilton, who won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, completed the most laps, 71, and was sixth fastest.

Mick was with his dad when he suffered the heartbreaking skiing crash and hit his head on a rock in December (took out comma) 2013. He set the ninth fastest time by the end of the day with 135 laps.

Racing Point's Lance Stroll and George Russell, running on Wednesday with Mercedes, completed the morning's top-three. Alonso was drafted in by McLaren to give feedback on this year's vehicle as well as work with tyre supplier Pirelli on next year's development tyres.

Schumacher's rival from last year's F3 championship, Dan Ticktum, made his F1 test debut in the Red Bull.

He is behind the wheel of McLaren's MCL34 as part of his role as an ambassador and advisor for the team, seeking to aid the development of its 2019 vehicle. Although the mileage was solid for an afternoon in the vehicle, his best lap was unspectacular with the 11th fastest time. The vehicle has more grip, the auto is less draggy on the straights, the engine is a big step better as well.


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