Ferrari have confirmed Mick Schumacher will be one of three junior drivers to make their official F1 debuts in practice sessions before the end of the season. Michael Schumacher’s son leads the F2 championship having enjoyed an incredibly consistent season so far.
He will be joined by F2 title rival Callum Ilott and Robert Schwartzman.
There are only two race weekends left of F2 season with Schumacher leading Ilott by 22 points.
But they’ve now got a long wait until the penultimate race weekend in Bahrain at the end of November.
Ferrari are keen to get their young drivers some key experience in F1 cars soon and both Schumacher and Ilott won’t have to wait long.
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The pair already have F1 experience having driven for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo in test sessions last year.
But they will make their official F1 debuts in next Friday’s practice sessions at the Eifel Grand Prix.
Schumacher will drive for Alfa Romeo while Ilott will take a seat in the Haas car.
Shwartzman will have to wait until the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to make his debut with no confirmation on which team that would be with.
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“We wanted to organise 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,” said Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies.
“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.
“I would like to thank Haas and Alfa Romeo Racing for offering Callum, Mick and Robert this opportunity. We believe strongly in our Academy, which has already proved its value, with Charles Leclerc, a driver on which the Scuderia can build its long term future.
“Callum, Mick and Robert have already proved their worth in the current Formula 2 season and this test is a further step in their education.”
It looks increasingly likely that one of Ilott or Schumacher will win the F2 championship this year.
But whoever ends up being the champion is ineligible to compete in the feeder series the following season.
Most drivers end up making the leap up to an F1 seat and coincidentally both Alfa Romeo and Haas have seats available next year.
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