A Schumi in a Ferrari, it’s a sight for sore eyes

Date published: April 2 2019

We would love to downplay the moment; just another rookie learning the ropes in a F1 car. However, this rookie is Mick Schumacher. And this car is a Ferrari.

The first of F1’s in-seasons got underway at the Bahrain International Circuit on Tuesday where all eyes were on one man…

There was a slight delay to the start of the testing as the track inspection was still going on at 9am.

Everyone was waiting to see just one man…

And finally he ventured out, putting in his first lap in the Ferrari SF90.

Schumacher in motion…

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton may not be a fan of testing but given Ferrari’s pace in Bahrain, he opted to climb in the W10 on Tuesday morning.

“I don’t like testing but I decided to do this test on Tuesday,” he told Sky Sports. “We have some things coming and I’m like, I don’t want anyone else to test my car.

“I want to test these parts and make sure the decisions we’re taking steer it in the way that we need it. I am a team player, I want it to be the right way for the rest of the team so that’s why I chose to do it.”

On the back of the back foot, Williams used Tuesday’s running to evaluate front wings with George Russell doing the driving duties.

Although Alfa Romeo initially planned to put Callum Ilott in the car, they opted instead to give Antonio Giovinazzi more time in the C38.

Max Verstappen was the man in action for Red Bull on Day One as he put the Honda-powered Red Bull RB15 through its paces.

Schumacher wasn’t the only star attraction on Tuesday as double World Champion Fernando Alonso came out of F1 retirement to test the McLaren.

The Spaniard is driving the MCL34 as part of a Pirelli tyre test.

There was a lot for Schumacher to learn about on Tuesday, including the Pirelli tyres that Formula 1 races.

The rain came down 30 minutes before the lunch break curbing all on-track running.

And still it came down…

Haas had a bit of fun with the Renault lads as they waited for the track to dry.

But then it was time to get back to work for 80 minutes of play with Pietro Fittipaldi replacing pace-setter Romain Grosjean for the final part of testing.

Verstappen put in a late run to end testing P1, sixth-tenths up on Schumacher.

But here’s another Schumacher pic to end the day’s play.

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