Michael Schumacher's Son Is Set To Make His Debut In An F1 Car Next Week
Unless you're an F1 uber-fan, there aren't normally a lot of reasons to tune in to Formula 1 testing. But next week, at the first in-season test conducted in the follow-up to this weekend's Bahrain GP, fans will be provided perhaps one of the most emotionally touching moments in the recent history of the sport.
April 2 is set to be a day where a legendary family legacy will be renewed once more, as Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael and nephew to fellow Formula 1 driver Ralf, will set foot in an F1 car for the first time, stepping up as a driver for Ferrari in their first in-season test.
The moment will immeasurably special for F1 fans almost universally, as his father Michael continues his recuperation from a debilitating head injury he suffered in a skiing accident shortly after his final retirement from the sport of F1. Now 50 years old, Michael requires around-the-clock care at his private residence in Switzerland, and updates as to his recovery are few and far between.
As such, the rise of Mick through racing's ranks has been one that's been keenly watched by pretty much everyone. Much like his father before him, Mick's rise through the ranks of open-wheel racing came through Karting, and he made an almost seamless progression into single seater racing , taking part in the Italian and AMAC Formula 4 championships at the age of 16. It was only after his debut in F4 that he begun racing under the Schumacher name.
Now 20-years-old, he's already proven himself about as talented as his father, having won the 2018 FIA F3 European Championship in his second year of trying. He's now a member of Ferrari's Development Academy, which has such F1 talents as the late Jules Bianchi, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, and current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
Schumacher will be joined on the test by British Formula 2 driver Callum Illot, who's also a member of the prestigious academy.
He'll test for Ferrari on April 2 and Alfa Romeo (who Ferrari have a partnership with) on April 3, while fans tuning into the F1 action over the weekend will have the chance to watch both Schumacher and Illot duke it out in the F2 series. It will be the former's first ever race in the series, which now acts as the primary feeder to F1.
We can only hope it's a moment that resonates with Mick's father himself as much as it will with us.