Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman are at the gates of Formula 1. They have every chance to be part of the 2021 grid. In the meantime, the three drivers of the Ferrari Driver academy were able to ride a 2018 Ferrari SF17H on Wednesday at the occasion of a day of testing on the Fiorano track near Maranello.
Shwartzman was the first to take the wheel, his first time in Formula 1. The Russian completed a setup lap and then a practice run. “Power is what strikes you the most. When you accelerate it never seems to stop, "responded the Formula 2 driver." The brakes are also impressive. Besides the drivers, it was special to work with the team. They are a lot and they pay attention to every little detail. "
At noon, Callum Ilott, who has already experienced the joys of F1 with the Alfa Romeo C38 in 2019, took over for a few laps. The Briton especially noted the aerodynamic efficiency. “You have a level of grip that you can never find in other categories. Then there is the extreme engine power and instant braking. "
Mick Schumacher concluded the session. “It was really helpful to get used to all these procedures, which are quite complex, and the way a team works at the highest level of the sport. The 21-year-old German is the most experienced, having tested the SF90 and Alfa Romeo in Bahrain last year. “I could have driven an F2004 at Mugello this year but it's a bit old now. With the 2018 car I was able to understand how important electronics are for the engine. Formula 1 cars have also made a lot of progress in terms of aero. "
Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott are scheduled to take part in Free Practice 1 at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on October 9 with Alfa Romeo and Haas. "There will be mechanics who worked with my father, onc it will be really special" according to Mick Schumacher. Robert Shwartzman will make his debut on December 11 in the final in Abu Dhabi.