German news source AutoBild is reporting that Mick Schumacher will participate in the Formula 1 Young Driver Tests in Bahrain for Alfa Romeo next month. It will mark the first official F1 session for the 19-year-old.
Rumors had persisted that the German was only on the “short list” of drivers being considered. Rookies with a maximum of two Grands Prix of F1 experience are allowed to participate in the Young Driver Tests, which take place on April 10th and 11th.
Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, will make his debut in Formula 2 this season after winning the Formula 3 title in 2018. This experience gives him sufficient super license points to drive an F1 car.
Schumacher has already signed to the Ferrari Driver Academy. Alfa has a close working relationship with Ferrari, and Schumacher will drive Alfa’s current F1 car, the C38, which is powered by Ferrari.
European Formula 3 champion Schumacher will be at the Bahrain Grand Prix as it will include the opening round of the Formula 2 season, which will see the 20-year-old compete for Prema.
Those bonds saw Charles Leclerc debut with the since-renamed Sauber outfit before joining Ferrari for 2019 – a career path many have tipped Schumacher for if he can maintain momentum following last year’s F3 title win at the expense of highly touted Red Bull prospect Dan Ticktum.
The Young Driver Tests allow teams to get mileage in a current F1 car while showcasing up and coming talent. In 2017, Lando Norris, George Russell and Pierre Gasly all took part in a Young Driver Test in Hungary.
- Source: Autobild
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