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Mick Schumacher feels at home with Ferrari on maiden F1 drive

Mick Schumacher feels at home with Ferrari on maiden F1 drive

Schumacher's fastest time was 2.11 seconds slower than Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc's pole position lap at the grand prix on Saturday.

Mick climbed inside the Ferrari machine for the first time today as he made his first ever appearance in an official F1 session.

He continued to gain F1 experience on Wednesday, as he has switched from his father's most famed team to Alfa Romeo for the second and final day of the test. The SF90 is incredible because of the power it has, but it is also smooth to drive, and that's why I enjoyed myself so much. "It felt like home in the garage from the very first moment, with a lot of people that know me since I was very young", he said.

"I want to arrive into F1 being a complete racing driver, being as prepared as possible". It seemed to me you could brake later and later and the vehicle would have made the turn anyway.

Lewis Hamilton, Sunday's race victor for Mercedes after Ferrari's Charles Leclerc suffered a late engine problem, was sixth fastest.

Schumacher, who won the F3 championship last season, is a member of the Ferrari driver academy and is racing in F2 this season for the Prema team.

Schumacher's best time, a 1m29.976s, was half a second slower than Verstappen, whose own improvement - a 1m29.379s on the middle compound - after the rain beat Grosjean's benchmark by 1.6s.

Schumacher he approached the test to enjoy it and "did that 110%", especially in the quicker runs at the end of the day.

Michael Schumacher's former title rival Fernando Alonso made his F1 test return on the same day as Mick's debut.

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Mick was with his dad when he suffered the heartbreaking skiing crash and hit his head on a rock in December (took out comma) 2013.

More than 12 years after Formula One great Michael Schumacher drove his last race for Ferrari, his son showed he might be ready to carry on the family legacy.

Alonso admitted it was a nice feeling to share the track with the Schumacher name again, having beaten Michael to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.

McLaren rookie Lando Norris set the third fastest test time, completing 22 laps.

Alonso retired from F1 in 2018 but remained as an ambassador and adviser to McLaren and was conducting the Pirelli tyre test in this capacity.

He is behind the wheel of McLaren's MCL34 as part of his role as an ambassador and advisor for the team, seeking to aid the development of its 2019 auto.

Russell, who won the F2 championship last season has failed to score points in either of his first two races for the uncompetitive Williams team.

"Well obviously it's a step forward in every aspect of the auto", he said.