Mick Schumacher was back behind the wheel of the SF71H Friday morning. This year the German will race in Formula 1 with the Haas F1 Team – and he drove for his new team a month and a half ago at the wheel of the Ferrari-powered VF20 at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, getting to know the team prior to his race debut in Bahrain at the end of March.
Useful mileage. Schumacher soon got to grips with the SF71H Thursday afternoon, with a trouble-free run as he worked through the first part of the program devised by the Scuderia engineers. Just like the other drivers who have been at the wheel over the past few days, he also did practice starts and racked up a good number of laps – more than 50 – to refamiliarize himself with a Formula 1 car.
Final day. Schumacher will hand over the wheel to his fellow Academy member – not to mention his main rival for last year’s Formula 2 championship – Callum Ilott – this afternoon. The Englishman, who is now the Scuderia’s test driver, will run for the whole of the afternoon.
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“Finally sitting in a race car again is a feeling I was missing a lot. I think today has definitely been a positive day at the track. We managed to get through the entire program that we had scheduled without any problems, and it was clearly very useful to be able to get through so much mileage at the wheel of a car in view of the coming season that will be starting in about a month and a half with the pre-season testing.
“The SF71H is a car from 2018 but its behavior on the track and the feelings that it gives to the driver are very similar, both in terms of how it behaves on the track and physical stress. That makes it an excellent base when it comes to preparation for the new season. Driving at Fiorano is always great anyway because the track is technical and demanding.
“It’s been a pleasure to meet up once again with the engineers and mechanics I worked with last September and I can’t wait to get back into the car tomorrow.“
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