A huge day awaits Mick Schumacher on Friday at the Nurburgring. The expected F1 practice debut will see Mick drive the Alfa Romeo C39 in the first session.
He will not be alone, as fellow Ferrari academy driver Callum Ilott will also be there. He has been allotted the practice duties for driving the Haas VF-20.
But, owing to the fact that Mick will be driving in front of his home crowd, he will be the more excited one. After all, his father drove many a race at the special venue, and won a few as well.
Mick Schumacher simply focused on ‘collecting data’
Ahead of his practice debut, Mick Schumacher has spoken about the paramount duty he will perform in FP1. And it is something that displays hints of an upcoming driver with intelligence and maturity.
Speaking in an interview with RTL, he said, “Hopefully it won’t be too wet so that we can go out. Otherwise there will be more waiting.”
“I have to see that I can collect a lot of data for the team. Since Formula 1 has not been at the Nürburgring for many years, this task is all the more important. The Alfa guys need all the data they can get.” (translated from Google Translate)
Mick is certainly right in this case. A track that has not featured an F1 race for seven years, will be a source of mystery until the teams take to the field.
Therefore, the first free practice session proves to be an important one for all teams. And Alfa Romeo can certainly get some assistance, to help meet their objectives.
Schumacher will drive in Formula 1 on his own merit
Mick has emerged as a strong frontrunner for some F1 teams in recent times. He has been widely linked with both Alfa Romeo and Haas, who are on the search for new drivers.
And ex-Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug, believes that the Ferrari academy driver is ready to make the step up. He is quoted as saying, “He doesn’t flinch for a long time, he puts his opponents in order.”
“There will rarely be any contact. He gives his answers on the track and also prefers to give his answers on the track.” (translated from Google Translate)
For now, Mick will fully concentrate on giving his best in FP1 and helping Alfa Romeo. And he will hope to excite the crowd with some impressive driving, just like his father did for many years.