Alfa Romeo confirms Schumacher F1 test debut


Following days of unconfirmed claims, Alfa Romeo has now confirmed that Mick Schumacher will make his F1 debut at next week's Bahrain test.

The German, who is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) and due to make his debut in the Formula 2 championship this weekend, has demonstrated his determination and talent over the last couple of years, steadily working his way up the ranks in various junior racing categories.

Alfa Romeo will continue its collaboration with the FDA at the following test session in Barcelona, where the British Formula 2 driver and Academy member Callum Ilott will also complete a day of testing behind the wheel of the team's 2019 contender, the C38.

It is also claimed, though unconfirmed, that Schumacher will also drive the Ferrari SF90 at next week's test.

"We are very pleased to announce that Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will each complete a rookie test day for Alfa Romeo Racing," said Frederic Vasseur. "It is in our team's DNA to spot and nurture young talents.

"Mick and Callum are perfect examples of determined and skilled racers who deserve to be given the chance to take the next steps in their careers. Collaborating with two such promising drivers is great news for our team, and we look forward to working together."

"I am obviously more than excited," said Schumacher, "and would like to thank Alfa Romeo Racing for giving me this opportunity. I am really looking forward to what I'm sure will be a great experience.

"But for the moment, I am consciously putting all thoughts of the test to one side, because I am also very much looking forward to competing in my first F2 race and would like to focus a hundred percent on the weekend to come."

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Published: 26/03/2019
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