After weeks of speculation it is now official: Mick Schumacher will make his debut in an official free practice in Formula 1. Next month he will be behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo C39 at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
The 21-year-old driver, who is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, is currently leading the FIA Formula 2 Championship after taking a victory at the famous Monza circuit earlier this month. Mick has previous experience with Formula 1 cars and has tested for both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari in 2019.
Schumacher will step into Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first free practice. From the second free practice, the Italian will resume his duties for the rest of the race weekend.
Mick Schumacher: “I am very happy to have this opportunity in free practice. The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend in front of my home crowd at the Nürburgring makes this moment even more special. I want Alfa Romeo Racing. and thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me the opportunity to get a second taste of Formula 1 air a year and a half after our joint test in Bahrain. I will prepare well for the next ten days so that I can get the best can do work for the team and collect valuable data for the weekend. “
Frédéric Vasseur, team principal of Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “There is no doubt that Mick is one of the great talents to get through the entry classes and his recent results show that. He’s clearly fast, but he’s also consistent. and grown up behind the wheel, all hallmarks of a champion in the making. He impressed us with his approach and work ethic when he was with us last year and we look forward to working with him again on the Nürburgring. “
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