Two months on from when he was supposed to make his F1 race weekend debut, Mick Schumacher is finally going to do so in Abu Dhabi.
The recently crowned F2 champion, who will be driving for Haas next season, was set to drive for Alfa Romeo in FP1 of the Eifel Grand Prix, but never got to do so due to weather conditions cancelling the session.
After that, Ferarri stated that they would still try to make sure he made his F1 debut before the end of the season, and they’ve got their wish, as he will be driving Kevin Magnussen’s Haas in the final race.
“Coming from a weekend like the last one, there’s only very few things to imagine which could be better than winning a championship – but then, having a weekend ahead, being a proper part of a F1 team and getting to drive the FP1 would probably count,” Schumacher said.
“I’m still really excited having won the F2 championship, and that excitement doesn’t stop knowing I’ll be with Haas next year, and that I’ll be driving for them for the first time on Friday.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know all of them, getting to understand how they approach and undergo a race weekend and starting this journey together with Haas here in Abu Dhabi.
“I will soak in everything I can to the maximum, taking this weekend as a preparation for the experience to come next year.
“The good thing is that I don’t have to be concerned about the weather this time, so I am confident I will go out during FP1, and I am very much looking forward to sharing the track with such great drivers.”
He won’t be the only stand-in driver in the session as the team that he was supposed to drive for at the Nurburgring has announced that Robert Kubica will be replacing Antonio Giovinazzi for it.
“Every time I get to drive this car is an opportunity to bring something to the team, and I am particularly looking forward to being able to do so just two weeks after my last outing in Bahrain,” the Polish driver said.
“Being behind the wheel this often allows me to build up a consistent feel with the car and that, in turns, helps me deliver better feedback to the team.
“Both sessions, FP1 and the post-season test will be very useful and I am looking forward to them.”
Alfa Romeo has also announced that Callum Ilott, who was also supposed to drive in FP1 in Germany, will be one of their drivers for the post-season young driver test at the Yas Marina circuit.