Mick Schumacher has made his F1 debut with Ferrari on Day 1 of the Bahrain in-season test with Fernando Alonso also returning for Pirelli tyre test.
The anticipation was high already for Schumacher’s FIA Formula 2 Championship debut last weekend with Prema, as it was the first time for the German to race during the same weekend as F1, after his European F3 triumph.
Schuamcher, son of seven-time F1 champion Michael, had joined the Ferrari Driver Academy ahead of the 2019 season. The German was then handed his F1 debut with Ferrari for the Bahrain in-season test along with a drive in a Alfa Romeo Racing car.
With the Bahrain GP done and dusted, the test kick-started on Tuesday despite a sandstorm scare, which hit the Bahrain International Circuit on Monday. The German completed an install lap – under strong media scrutiny.
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On Day 2, Schumacher will drive the Alfa Romeo car to complete his first two days in a current generation of F1 cars. This is also the first time for a Schumacher in a Ferrari car – in an official session – since the 2006 season when Michael last drove for them.
Apart from Schumacher, another young gun to get his first chance will be his European F3 rival Dan Ticktum. The British racer will drive for Red Bull Racing on Day 2, while Jack Aitken also gets a go with Renault on the second day of running.
Both Ticktum and Aitken have driven older-generation F1 cars on non-official days, but it will be a first for either in the current car. Meanwhile, the first day also saw a return of Alonso in F1 as he got his first taste of the 2019 McLaren MCL34 car.
While not taking away the test days from the regular drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, McLaren smartly put Alonso in for the Pirelli tyre test, who are testing the 2020 compound, with the Spaniard still able to understand the car and perhaps give feedback.
Check out the full test line-up for Day 1 and Day 2