Mick Schumacher returned to drive the SF71H yesterday, 120 days after his first ride in a 2018 Ferrari car and began preparations for this year’s first F1 season in which he will drive for the Haas team. Schumacher tested the SF71H for the first time on September 30, 2020, when he drove on the same day as his colleagues at Ferrari Driving Academy, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman, as part of the # RoadToF1 program.
This year, the German will compete in Formula 1 with Haas, and for his new team, he drove a month and a half ago behind the wheel of Haas VF-20 in a test for young drivers in Abu Dhabi, meeting the team before his first F1 race in Bahrain March.
Schumacher soon became accustomed to the SF71H as he went through the first part of a program devised by Ferrari engineers. Just like the other drivers who have been behind the wheel in recent days, he has been rehearsing the starts and accumulating a good number of laps - more than 50 - to re-introduce the Formula 1 car.
To the son of seven-time world champion Michael, it was the fifth trip behind the wheel of a car produced by Ferrari. His first appearance was in 2019 when he drove the SF90 for the first of two days of testing in Bahrain.
Mick will open the program
Later that same year Mick drove an F2004 in a demonstration that was driven on Saturday at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. It was an emotional event both for him and for the crowd who paid tribute to both him and his father.
The 1999-born driver had the opportunity to drive the same car over several laps in Mugello on Sunday, September 13, just hours before the start of the 1000th Ferrari F1 race on that track. Finally, on August 30 of the same month, he had his first chance to drive the SF71H he met again yesterday.
Schumacher will also open the program on the fifth and final day of this week’s testing for Ferrari at the Fiorano track before handing over the steering wheel to his Academy colleague and main rival for last year’s Formula 2 Championship, Callum Ilott.
The Englishman, who is now a test driver for the Scuderia, will be driving all afternoon. “I finally got back in the race car and it feels like I missed it a lot,” Schumacher said. “I think today was definitely a positive day on the track.
We managed to go through the whole program that we planned without any problems and it was obviously very useful to go through so much mileage behind the wheel of the car given the upcoming season, which starts in about a month and a half with pre-season testing. "