Mick Schumacher followed in the footsteps of his seven-time world champion father, Michael Schumacher when he drove the 2019 Ferrari car on the opening Bahrain test.
A Schumacher driving a Ferrari had become a familiar sight when Michael Schumacher used to drive through multiple chequered flags. Mick continued the tradition on Tuesday.
Schumacher impressed as he completed 56 laps and was second overall, later admitting that Formula 1 already feels like home.
“The emotions I can tell you were really nice. It was feeling like home already, it was beautiful to make those first laps and to see all those guys working on the car and working with me. I felt very comfortable and felt at home,” said the debutant.
While he has driven one of his father’s Benetton's during a demonstration at Spa-Francorchamps, Schumacher had never completed an official test in an F1 car and was keen to soak up the occasion.
“I came into here to have fun and to enjoy it and I did that 110 per cent. I guess you can see that I am smiling a lot and I enjoyed a lot, especially those last laps. With full power and everything it was just amazing, a complete feeling in the car, it was just amazing,” he added.
The 20-year-old German driver was overwhelmed by the occasion but reiterated the importance of respecting the sport.
“I always have the saying that there has to be respect. If you lose respect, you get into danger. Obviously, I had a huge amount of respect for the car. It’s more than 1,000 BHP and it goes quickly around the corners, to be honest! No, there was respect for sure,” he said.
Although rain interrupted Tuesday’s running, Schumacher will get more time in an F1 car on Wednesday when he gets behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo.