At the upcoming German Grand Prix, a Schumacher will once again be getting the behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car. However, it won't be a new turbo-hybrid model. It will be a 2004 model, and Mick -not Michael- will be behind the wheel.
Mick Schumacher has been making a name for himself in the European Formula 3 series and more recently in Formula 2, and he will have the honor of driving his dad's F2004 at Hockenheim on Saturday, July 27, prior to the start of Formula 1 qualifying. He will go again on Sunday, July 28, just before the start of the driver's parade.
“It will be an emotional moment seeing Mick at the wheel of a car linked to so many great memories. The F2004 was a fantastic car, which took 15 wins and both championship titles in a season that can be seen as the culmination of a golden period, which was the result of all the hard work from an amazing group of people and Michael Schumacher, a supremely talented driver,” said Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Formula 1.
Hockenheim has always been a special place for the Schumacher name. Michael won four times at the track in 1995 with Benetton and in 2002, 2004, and 2006 with Scuderia Ferrari. It was also at Hockenheim where Mick won the Formula 3 European Championship in 2018, his first series title. It would be appropriate then that Mick were to drive his father's F2004 car at the upcoming German Grand Prix as a tribute.
"I think it's mega driving this car in Hockenheim. The last time I was on this track was when I celebrated my Formula 3 championship title, and now I'll be able to drive one of the strongest cars in Formula 1 history there - a big grin creeps into my face. All motorsport crazy people can look forward to a very special and wonderfully loud moment," said Mick Schumacher.
We won't be surprised before the son of legendary seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher could also be joining the F1 grid.