Schumacher to get first F1 practice outing at Eifel GP

Formula 2 championship leader, Mick Schumacher will get his first Formula 1 free practice outing next at the Eifel Grand Prix.

Schumacher will follow in the footsteps of his father, seven-time world champion Michael, by making his Formula 1 debut, after it was announced that the Ferrari Academy driver would take part in free practice one for Alfa Romeo.

It won’t be the first time Schumacher has tasted current F1 machinery, having taken part in the young driver test at Bahrain with Ferrari last season, whilst also undertaking a number of demonstration runs in the Ferrari F2004 driven by his father, but it will be the first time he takes part in a Grand Prix weekend.

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The German currently leads the F2 championship, ahead of fellow Ferrari Academy driver Callum Ilot, and he too will take part in the same free practice session, but will be driving for third.

Ilot is currently 22 points behind Schumacher, but has won more races than his Academy counterpart this year.

Ferrari has also confirmed that their third Academy driver, 2019 Formula 3 champion Robert Schwartzman will also get the chance to take part in a free practice session at the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, in what will be his first time driving F1 machinery, but at this stage it has not been confirmed which team he will drive for.

As part of their preparation, Ferrari has also arranged for the trio to undertake a test at their Fiorano circuit, where they will driver the team’s 2018 challenger, SF71H.

Speaking about the announcement, Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies said:

“We wanted to organise this test session so that our three best youngsters would be as well prepared as possible to tackle an event that will always be a special moment for them.

“It will be a chance to get to grips with a Formula 1 car, which is much more complicated than the car they are currently used to driving.

“I would like to thank Haas and Alfa Romeo Racing for offering Callum, Mick and Robert this opportunity.

“We believe strongly in our Academy, which has already proved its value, with Charles Leclerc, a driver on which the Scuderia can build its long term future.

“Callum, Mick and Robert have already proved their worth in the current Formula 2 season and this test is a further step in their education.”