Mick Schumacher will drive the Ferrari SF90 for the first time on the first day of the test, Tuesday 2 April, following the Bahrain Grand Prix. On the next day he will be behind the wheel of Alfa Romeo C38. The German is racing in Formula 2 this year with the Prema team. He is also a Ferrari Driver Academy member.
Another FDA driver, Callum Ilott, currently racing in Formula 2 with the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz Racing, will be driving the Alfa Romeo Racing car at the forthcoming Barcelona test, on 14 and 15 May.
“We are firm believers in the value of the Ferrari Driver Academy, as a high-level training programme for talented youngsters and the decision to give Charles Leclerc a race seat with our team is proof of that. Mick, who joined the FDA in January, and Callum, who has been with us since 2017, are definitely drivers on their way up and I believe that driving the SF90 in an official setting such as the tests in Bahrain and Barcelona can be very useful at this stage in their career”, said Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG added:
“Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will each complete a rookie test day for Alfa Romeo Racing. 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.”
Mick Schumacher commented:
“I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari and Alfa Romeo 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.”
Counting the days…. #SCM #F2 #Prema pic.twitter.com/K4uv16VBiv
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) March 15, 2019