Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies feels that Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman are all good enough for F1.
All three are part of the Italian team’s academy and have impressed in Formula 2 this season. Schumacher currently leads the Championship, with Ilott P2 and Shwartzman P5.
Mekies has stated that each of them will make their Formula 1 debut at the end of this year, taking part in the Abu Dhabi young driver test, and says that Ferrari has high hopes for all of them.
“I have to start by congratulating the Ferrari Driver Academy students who have all done very well this season,” he said.
“Three of them, Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman, will be on track with other teams, while Antonio Fuoco, who works for us in the simulator, will drive our car to get an important idea of the correlation between data from the track and the simulator.
“We believe Mick, Callum and Robert have what it takes to do well in Formula 1 and our programme is designed to give them the best possible chance to do so.
“The test will be another important step in their education and we are very keen to see them perform on track, before working with them back in Maranello over the winter.”
2020 has been a difficult year for Ferrari, to say the least, with the team currently down in P6 in the Constructors Championship having built a poor car.
Mekies feels these struggles have only been increased by the global pandemic but thinks it will make the team stronger going forward.
“There’s no denying it’s been really tough. The situation created by the pandemic and the fact our performance was poor at the start of the season made life difficult,” he added.
“But everything we have been through has made us stronger, we have not lost our bearings, we never gave up and we always wanted to fight back and improve.
“I would praise the men and women in the race team for their resilience and the spirit they showed in such difficult times, as well as their families who played a vital role.
“I would also like to thank the fans who have always been there with us, mainly in spirit as, in most cases, they were not allowed to attend the races.”