Mick Schumacher tests for Ferrari in his first taste of F1

Mick Schumacher tests for Ferrari in his first taste of F1

Mick Schumacher tests for Ferrari in his first taste of F1

Mick Schumacher, son of seven times world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father won the first grand prix in the Middle East.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto agrees: "It's really fun to work with Mick".

"Schumacher lapped up his F1 bow, which was made easier by seeing so many familiar faces that he has known from his father's hugely successful time with the Scuderia".

"The SF90 (model) 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 vehicle has".

"I was feeling like I could even brake at the 50-metre board at Turn 1, but obviously that's not possible".

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, who took the chequered flag on Sunday, finished sixth in testing for Mercedes over 71 laps.

Schumacher is not the only current F2 driver trying on an F1 auto at the Bahrain test. Jack Aitken (ninth in F2 standings) will get some laps in the Renault R.S.19 on Wednesday and Nicholas Latifi (second in F2 standings) will try on the Williams FW42. Ticktum's best lap of 1m 30.856s left him just 0.046s clear of Romain Grosjean in the Haas as both drivers used the C4 tyre, with Fernando Alonso 0.1s adrift as the former McLaren racer completed more Pirelli running.

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.

Other motorsport fans said they were in tears as the 20-year-old returned the Schumacher name to F1 for the first time since 2012.

The second part of the day saw Fernando Alonso take over from Carlos Sainz in McLaren's Pirelli auto, but the Spaniard was kept busy as he relayed Lando Norris in the team's regular MCL34. Todt said in Bahrain when asked about Charles Leclerc, another of his drivers, and Schumacher.

Tuesday's test was Mick Schumacher's first experience of a modern F1 auto, although he did drive his father's 1994 title-winning Benetton at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit before the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013 and has remained in private care ever since the incident.

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 auto. 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. He completed 64 laps, was 11th fastest and he was impressed with this year's model.

Alonso said: "It's a step forward in every aspect of the auto".

It is the first serious F1 experience for the reigning European Formula 3 champion and Formula 2 rookie, who drove his father's title-winning 1994 Benetton at Spa in a short demonstration two years ago. 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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