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Schumacher back in Bahrain

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“The way he has developed in the last years, he deserves where he is now. Now we should give him the time and the peace to do his job.”

Mick Schumacher. Picture: EPA

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari yesterday at the Bahrain circuit where 15 years ago his father won the first Grand Prix in the Middle East.

The 20-year-old European F3 champion made his Formula Two debut at the Sakhir circuit at the weekend, finishing eighth and sixth in the two races.

The German, whose father won the Bahrain GP from pole in a Ferrari one-two on April 4 2004, will also test with the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo team (formerly Sauber) today.

Yesterday’s test in the SF90 car was Mick’s first experience of a modern F1 car, although he did drive his father’s 1994 title-winning Benetton at Spa-Francorchamps before the 2017 Belgian GP.

“Obviously, with the name and being the son of Michael, there’s certainly some links and expectations,” four-time champion and current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel said last week.

“The way he has developed in the last years, he deserves where he is now. Now we should give him the time and the peace to do his job.”

Michael Schumacher, who holds the record of 91 GP wins, won five of his titles with Ferrari from 2000-2004. He left the team in 2006 before a comeback with Mercedes from 2010-12.

He has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013. He turned 50 in January.

Mick, who joined the Ferrari academy in January, was the only debutant on track in a rain-hit opening session that followed Sunday’s second GP of the season.

Reuters