F1 tests next step on road to grid says Schumacher

Mick Schumacher makes F1 debut with Ferrari

Mick Schumacher makes F1 debut with Ferrari

Schumacher won the F3 title previous year after a turnaround in form midway through the season.

"It was astonishing, the feeling I had going out and the first time on the throttle was... this thing has so much power!" "But from now on I can look forward to the formula one vehicle".

Tuesday's test in the SF90 was Mick's first experience of a modern F1 auto, although he did drive his father's 1994 title-winning Benetton at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit before the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

The young lad is the reigning F3 Champion and according to Skysports (UK), he was the only driver making his debut on Tuesday with other teams running regular race drivers. The Dutchman's best time was 1min 29.379sec, with Schumacher's 0.6sec back.

Fernando Alonso was also among the 15 drivers who took part.

"The emotions I can tell you were really nice, it was feeling like home already, it was lovely to make those first laps and to see all those guys working on the auto and working with me", he said.

"With full power and everything it was just incredible, a complete feeling in the auto, it was just unbelievable".

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"I guess you guys [the media] can see that I am smiling a lot and I enjoyed a lot, especially those last laps".

Unfortunately, for Schumacher the desert circuit was hit by a rare downpour just after midday, resulting in a four-hour delay as dust and rain water combined to make for treacherous track conditions.

He will conduct a further test on Wednesday, for Ferrari's partner team, Alfa Romeo.

He last raced for the team in 2006 before a comeback with Mercedes from 2010-12 and has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.

Lewis Hamilton, who won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, completed the most laps, 71, and was sixth fastest. He finished the session second fastest ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris in third, with Romain Grosjean fourth fastest in the Haas. He has been clear he wants to help the team develop the auto and has not ruled out a return to F1. He completed 64 laps, was 11th fastest and he was impressed with this year's model.

"This will be the next step in the right direction", he said. The vehicle has more grip, the auto is less draggy on the straights, the engine is a big step better as well.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise through the lower classes of motorsport, and won the Formula 3 European Championship last year.

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