Mick Schumacher will drive his father Michael’s 2004 World Championship-winning car as part of Ferrari’s festivities at the Tuscan Grand Prix.
Race nine of the 2020 World Championship at Mugello is Ferrari’s 1,000th F1 World Championship event, which they are also celebrating with their cars, driven by Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, being decked out in a retro burgundy livery.
Before Sunday’s race, 21-year-old Schumacher, a Ferrari Academy driver, will take part in a demonstration run around the track in the F2004, in which his father won his record seventh and final World Championship title.
Ferrari described it as “a fitting tribute to the Scuderia’s most successful car and its incomparable driver”.
It will not be the first time Mick will have driven the car as he also took it for a spin at Hockenheim last year before the German Grand Prix.
There had been suggestions that Schumacher may take part in FP1 for one of the Ferrari, Haas or Alfa Romeo teams at Mugello, even though the session ends just 25 minutes before the start of FP2 in which he is currently second in the title race.
However, there has been no confirmation as yet of that being the case.
He has already driven for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo at in-season testing in Bahrain in April 2019 and been linked with an F1 race seat at either Haas or Alfa Romeo next year.
Schumacher gained his first Feature Race victory in FP2 last weekend at Monza and has finished on the podium in all of the last five races, currently sitting six points behind Britain’s Callum Ilott in the standings.
Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov has said that if Schumacher “wins this championship (F2) it will be a 100% pass to Formula 1”.
Petrov’s fellow Russian, Robert Shwartzman, and Ilott – two other Ferrari Academy drivers – are also in contention to make the step up. Ferrari F1 team principal Mattia Binotto has said: “I think all of them merit a place into an F1 seat.”