Only a few days stand between Mick Schumacher and his first F1 practice debut. The young driver will certainly have been dreaming of this day. More so, since Ferrari’s announcement of handing out opportunities to some of their academy’s jewels.
As part of his F1 training, Mick has been undergoing a series of different tests and procedures to help gain a rough understanding of the Alfa Romeo he is slated to pilot. More recently, he even got a seat fitting done at the team’s Hinwil headquarters.
On a track which is most certainly famous for some of his father’s victories, it will be an emotional and proud moment for Mick as he takes to the grid at Nurburgring. As it will most rightly be, for the entire Schumacher family.
Mick Schumacher is ‘extremely well prepared’
And a member of the Schumacher family will be cheering on Mick ahead of his big day – his uncle, Ralf Schumacher. He has been a constant source of motivation for young Mick and has been lobbying to get the youngster an opportunity behind the wheel of an F1 car.
In his featured column, he declared, “All eyes will of course be on Mick and his ride in the Alfa Romeo next Friday. For Germany, it is incredibly emotional to see a Schumacher in F1 again. I can understand that completely.
“The most important thing is: Mick is extremely well prepared for Formula 1. Ferrari is doing a great job with its juniors. It will be a special moment to see him in the F1 car, especially at the Nürburgring. It will be great for Mick in particular.
“But you shouldn’t forget that the Alfa isn’t exactly a top car. So you shouldn’t expect too much either.” (translated by Google Translate)
Tapering down expectations for Schumacher is important
All this while, Mick has been driving in the karting and lower levels of open-wheel racing. But now, he will be racing with the big boys. The top motorsport class that many young drivers dream of.
Therefore, will be unfair to judge Mick Schumacher based on his practice session with Alfa Romeo. Unwarranted pressure and criticism are a sore sight for a young driver trying to make their mark in the big leagues.
Thus, everyone watching the Ferrari academy driver need only appreciate his driving and skills. And not emphasize on what the driver could do in the future. After all, as has rightly been said, it has been some time since a Schumacher drove a Formula 1 car.