Update 4/3/19 9:22 AM: Mick Schumacher has completed his first test day in an F1 car, marking the first time a Schumacher has been in a Ferrari F1 machine since 2006. He posted the second fastest time of the day, running just 0.6 seconds behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, . The series posted video of Schumacher's test, which you can see at the bottom of this page.
This post, originally published 3/26, appears below as it was when it was first announced that Schumacher would test a Ferrari F1 car.
Mick Schumacher, 20-year old Formula 2 driver and son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, will drive both Ferrari and Alfa Romeo Formula 1 cars next week during the championship's post-race test in Bahrain. The news comes just three months after the German joined Ferrari's Driver Academy program. It will be Schumacher's first time behind the wheel of a new F1 car.
Schumacher won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018, taking a total of eight wins and 14 podiums. He signed to the Prema Racing Formula 2 team for the 2019 season, which starts this weekend. He'll be driving F1 cars for Ferrari on Monday, and Alfa Romeo on Wednesday.
“I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari and Alfa Romeo for giving me this opportunity,” Schumacher .
“I am really looking forward to what I’m sure will be a great experience," Schumacher added. "But for the moment, I am consciously putting all thoughts of the test to one side, because I am also very much looking forward to competing in my first F2 race and would like to focus a hundred percent on the weekend to come.”
Alfa Romeo confirmed that British Formula 2 driver and fellow Ferrari Academy driver Callum Ilott will spend a single day testing one of its F1 cars at Catalunya in Spain later in the year after the Spanish GP.