Schumacher shocked by testing performance

Date published: April 4 2019

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Mick Schumacher was shocked at how quickly he adapted to the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo cars during the post-Bahrain GP test.

Schumacher followed in the footsteps of his seven-time World Champion father as he drove the Ferrari on Tuesday, before switching to the Alfa on Wednesday.

The reigning European Formula 3 title holder was second-fastest in the Ferrari, before setting a near-identical time in the Alfa to finish P6.

Speaking to Autosport about whether he expected such a strong performance, he said: “To be honest not, but I guess because I had so much fun it was easy the work on myself, to work with the team.

“Both teams were very open and very good in teaching me the points I had to know.

“Over the whole day I was able to improve and to find the limit.”

Schumacher’s 1:29.998 on the second day in the Alfa was just 0.022 seconds slower than he had managed in the Ferrari, an impressive time considering the Ferrari’s dominant speed in Bahrain.

Sadly his running on Tuesday was shortened by several hours due to prolonged rain, and while the 20-year-old believes he improved on the second day, he didn’t see much value in comparing his times.

“[It was] very different conditions,” he said.

“It is hard to compare the two days, the cars in front were very quick.

“But we did a decent job and we can be happy about it.”

Schumacher had made his F2 debut over the weekend, recording a double-points finish in Bahrain for Prema Racing, and while he is looking forward to the next event in Azerbaijan, his Formula 1 future remains uncertain with Callum Ilott set to test the Alfa after the Spanish Grand Prix.

“[I do not know] what is going to happen,” said Schumacher.

“I’m looking forward to being in F2 again.

“Baku is a special track and it will be the first time for me.

“I’m going to do a lot of work with Prema in the sim and prepare for that. “I’ll try to use what I’ve learned here and try to put that onto the track in F2.”

Sebastian Vettel believes the fact that the Ferrari protege had fun was the most important part of the test.

“He was unlucky with the weather, but he did a good job,” he told Tuttosport.

“I think he had a lot of fun, which you could see from the grin on his face, and that’s the most important thing.”

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