It’s been announced that the 21-year-old Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) member will be taking part in a practice session behind the wheel of Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo C39 race car. This won’t be the junior Schumacher’s first taste of Formula 1 performance, though, as he’s driven his Dad’s former cars as well as a Ferrari F2004.
“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice. The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend will take place in front of my home audience at the Nurburgring makes this moment even more special,” Schumacher shared in a statement.
“The Nurburgring means a lot to me and is a track with real heritage, so it’s great that I’ll have my first outing at a Formula 1 race weekend there. Thanks to Haas F1 Team and to the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me such a great opportunity. It should be really fun and exciting. I plan to make the most of it, I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
The young Schumacher will be joined by fellow FDA drivers Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman. FDA director Laurent Mekies said that this is an opportunity for these young drivers to get familiar with Formula 1 machinery.
“We wanted to organize this test session so that our three best youngsters would be as well-prepared as possible to tackle an event that will always be a special moment for them,” Mekies said in a statement.
“It will be a chance to get to grips with a Formula 1 car, which is much more complicated than the car they are currently used to driving.”
We’re sure these dudes will learn a thing or two come race weekend. Have a blast out there, guys.