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‘Big excitement’ as Mick Schumacher prepares for Formula 1 test debut

There was an unusual amount of activity outside the Prema Racing Formula 2 team’s garage on Thursday morning in Bahrain. Journalists and photographers were squabbling for position, craning their necks to get a good view. Sat in the middle was Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, who was preparing for the busiest six days of his life – culminating in his first F1 test. Schumacher Jnr has had a whirlwind few months. First he clinched the European F3 title in dominant style. Then he signed a deal to step up to F2. An invitation to join the legendary Ferrari family as part of their driver academy followed. And then earlier this month, it was announced he would get his hands on modern day F1 machinery with a test in a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo. Mick Schumacher - The Story So Far Considering his experience with the Pirelli tyres is limited, he made a solid F2 debut at the weekend, finishing eighth in the feature race. That gave him pole for the following day’s sprint race, which he converted to sixth. There was no let-up after that, though. He spent the Monday after the Bahrain Grand Prix embedded in the Ferrari team, preparing for his first F1 test the following day, fulfilling one of Ferrari’s two young driver days. On Wednesday, he’ll swap Ferrari machinery for the Alfa Romeo for a second day of running. “It’s something that came pretty suddenly and pretty quickly,” said Schumacher Jnr of his Ferrari opportunity. It’s quite some challenge to make his F2 debut and then instantly turn his attention to F1, meaning he will drive machinery he either has little (F2) or no (F1) experience with in five out of six days.

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