Mick Schumacher reveals emotions around his debut & his father’s 30th anniversary in F1
"My father actually had his first race in Formula 1 30 years ago this year – that makes it even more emotional and even nicer.”
Mick Schumacher makes his highly-anticipated debut in Formula One this season with the Uralkali Haas F1 Team.
And while emotions are running high among the three rookies on the grid this season, Mick pointed out that this year will also mark the 30th anniversary of his father’s first race in F1.
Speaking ahead of pre-season testing in Bahrain Mick said; “Obviously now being one of the 20 drivers in Formula 1 is very special.
“As a child, I’ve been dreaming about this for 15 years – and now it’s actually happened. It’s emotional and just something very nice.
“My father actually had his first race in Formula 1 30 years ago this year – that makes it even more emotional and even nicer.”
Mick will get behind the wheel of the VF-21 for a total of 1.5 days of testing this weekend, and speaking about the focus for that period of time, the 21-year-old said:
“The definite priority is to get even more comfortable in the car and just trying to sort out everything that needs to be sorted out from driver kit, the seat, driver position, through to how the car feels on track and working with the team.
“These are all focus points I set myself some time ago. And now we’re at the point we’re going testing it’ll be the case we can work on that.
“I’m looking forward to that and figuring out everything we need to be ready for the first race.”
The team revealed their Championship contender for the season ahead on March 4, to be piloted by Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
The new livery showcases a new title sponsor for the American team, Uralkali – one of the world’s largest potash fertilizer producers and exporters.
The VF-21 will make its physical debut today – the first day of pre-season testing hosted at the Bahrain International Circuit.