Fernando Alonso says Mick Schumacher should take the first F1 drive he is offered instead of waiting around for the perfect match. Mick got his first ride out in a Scuderia Ferrari SF90 car today during testing in Bahrain and the German – son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher – set the second fastest lap of the day.
Plenty is expected of 20-year-old Mick Schumacher in the future – and he is currently in Ferrari’s Driver Academy. It seems unlikely he will race for the Prancing Horse this season, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both comfortably in their seats. But Fernando Alonso – a two-time world champion who left Renault for McLaren after defending his title in 2006 – reckons Schumacher should get the first opportunity that comes his way.
“It’s better to go always as early as you can,” Alonso told Sky Sports – “You never know when the train will come in Formula 1 when you are young. He’s in F2 this year, that’s the full concentration I guess for him to do a good championship. If he does well and an F1 team relies on your talent you have to take that train.” – the former Ferrari driver said.
Indeed, Mick Schumacher appears to be enjoying his bourgeoning career in Formula 2 right now.
The Prema Racing driver picked up points in the first F2 race of the season over the weekend, and will be hoping to challenge for silverware as the campaign goes on.