Ferrari has announced its Formula 1 proteges Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman will each get practice outings before the end of the 2020 season.

Current Formula 2 championship leader Schumacher, the son of seven-times world champion Michael, will make his grand prix weekend debut during opening free practice at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Schumacher will take the place of Antonio Giovinazzi for FP1 at the Nurburgring, while Ilott, who is 18 points behind Schumacher in the championship, will make his practice bow for Haas, in place of Romain Grosjean

Haas F1 team boss Guenther Steiner previously said the US outfit would be willing to run a Ferrari Academy member during an FP1 session this season as the Scuderia looks to place its rising stars on the F1 grid in 2021.

Haas is yet to decide on its driver plans for 2021 but is open to completely revising its line-up, and its close ties to Ferrari could open the door for one of the Italian squad’s youngsters to take a seat next year.

Three-time F2 race winner and reigning Formula 3 champion Shwartzman will get an FP1 outing at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. The team he will drive for has not yet been decided. 

The Russian currently occupies fifth place in the F2 standings in what has been an impressive rookie campaign that has seen him in title contention from the start of the season.

Speaking about his upcoming F1 race weekend bow with Alfa Romeo, Schumacher said: “I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice.

“The fact that my first participation in a Formula 1 weekend will take place in front of my home audience at the Nürburgring makes this moment even more special.

“I would like to thank Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me the opportunity to get another taste of Formula 1 air one and a half years after our common test drive in Bahrain.

“For the next ten days I'm going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

Schumacher has reportedly been given a guarantee that he will graduate to F1 next year, most likely with Alfa Romeo, providing he secures a top-three finish in F2 this season.

 

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