Sebastian Vettel says Mick Schumacher is fully deserving of his maiden Formula 1 test outing for Ferrari in Bahrain

Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, is in action for Ferrari on the opening day of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix in-season test, in what marks his first experience of driving modern-day F1 machinery. 

The reigning European Formula 3 champion has stepped up to Formula 2 this year with Prema and sits eighth in the drivers’ standings after the opening round in Bahrain.

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“Obviously with the name and being the son of Michael there are certainly some links and expectations, but to end up in Formula 1 you need to prove that you have the speed,” Vettel said when asked about Schumacher’s test. 

“So far he has done really well. I think the way he has developed in the last years deserves where he is now, and now we should give him the time and peace to do his job. 

"Which I think is not easy as it is for him, but on the other hand I think he is used to it. So we will see, but for sure there is a big excitement.”

The 20-year-old was also signed up to Ferrari’s Driver Academy last winter following his championship success in European F3. 

Asked whether he ever imagined Schumacher driving for Ferrari before, Vettel replied: “No! I wasn’t, because he was a child. 

“At that point I think he’d just started racing and I wasn’t really following. I think it’s impossible to know.” 

 

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