Formula One: Vettel welcomes Mick Schumacher to Ferrari test

Mick Schumacher eighth on F2 debut in Bahrain

Mick Schumacher eighth on F2 debut in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel will complete Ferrari's running in the SF90 on the Wednesday.

After this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix where Mick will make his debut in F2, the German will test with Scuderia Ferrari and Alfa Romeo Racing for two days, marking his first drive in a modern F1 vehicle.

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Schumacher knew early on he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps.

Asked if he can handle the pressure, the young Schumacher says he is 'totally confident'.

"Obviously with the name and the son of Michael there's certainly some expectation, but to end up in Formula 1 you need to prove that you have the speed", said Vettel, who has known Mick since the son of a gun was a child.

"The way he has developed in the last years, he deserves where he is now. Now we should give him the time and the peace to do his job".

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On April 3, he will be at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo on the Sakhir circuit.

Schumacher also signs with the Ferrari Drivers' Academy and re-ignites the connection between Schumacher and Ferrari, the famous connection that saw Michael win five of his seven world championships between 2000 and 2004.

Schumacher clinched his second title that season, before Hill won the drivers' championship the following year.

The theme at this year's event is "Speed Kings - Motorsport's Record Breakers" and, with 91 Grand Prix victories and seven world titles to his name, it is a ideal year to honour Formula 1's greatest record breaker. The majority of his 91 Grand Prix wins also came with the famous Italian auto manufacturer. He suffered a serious brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013.

"I have a lot of sympathy for Mick", he said.

He's the best ever in F1, [which is] something I look up to.

"He keeps proving he's good, he keeps proving that he has his chances for Formula 1, and no one has given that to him".

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