There was a time when the name Ferrari and Schumacher were nearly synonymous, and you never know, that could happen again. Son of 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher took to the track today in a Ferrari during the first in-season test of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
Mick Schumacher said:
“it felt like home in the garage from the first moment, with a lot of people that have known me since I was very young”.
Schumacher was 0.597secs behind Max Verstappen’s fastest time and was 2.11s slower than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc’s pole position lap last Saturday but testing is not qualifying and Schumacher held his own.
The F2 pilot said the Ferrari car was “incredible because of the power it has but it is also smooth to drive”. He also said the braking was amazing and that’s always the first thing you hear when a driver gets in an F1 car for the first time. “It seemed to me you could brake later and later and the car would have made the turn anyway,”
As a member of the Ferrari young driver academy, Schumacher got his first taste of F1 and acquitted himself well. You never know, a Leclerc/Schumacher lineup could be something to look forward to.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m29.379s||62|
|5||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1.710s||71|
|8||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||2.585s||32|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||2.680s||32|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||2.688s||53|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||4.274s||45|
The romantic in me says ‘this is amazing’, the cynic in me says ‘publicity stunt’.
I guess reality lies somewhere in between.