Mick Schumacher had his first-ever run in a DTM car on Friday, driving a Mercedes at Nurburgring in a short loop.

The German was invited by DTM’s boss Gerhard Berger to drive the Mercedes-AMG Race-Taxi to start the Nurburgring weekend on a short course of the circuit. It was his maiden run in a DTM car.

Schumacher successfully completed few demonstration laps on the short loop after he was coached briefly by Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein. “I had great fun,” he said. “It was quite an experience. Many thanks to Gerhard Berger for the invitation.

“The power of a DTM car is very impressive. In these weather conditions, it was slightly warmer than normally in a Formula 3 car. Being thrown in at the deep end is thrilling. Pascal’s background knowledge was helpful.

“For instance, he gave me a tip concerning brake pressure.” Schumacher is currently competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for Prema, which is a support event to the DTM championship.

He sits fourth in the standings after winning three races in three consecutive weekends and is only 36 points behind points leader Red Bull junior and Motopark’s Dan Ticktum with three rounds to go in the 2018 season.

Mick Schumacher and Pascal Wehrlein
Copyright: Mercedes DTM

The ITR chairman Berger was pleased to see the second generation of Schumacher drive the DTM car. “The ITR guys came up with the idea,” he said. “I was excited right away and I supported it, just like Mercedes-AMG and then we made it happen.

“Mick is doing very well in F3 and has scored his first race wins there. Watching the boy as he is gradually showing his Schumacher genes and how he was enjoying our DTM car today is a pleasure for me. Michael Schumacher is a legend, he is the best Formula 1 driver ever.”