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Schumacher's son shines on his F1 testing debut

Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

By Philip Duncan

Mick Schumacher clocked the second fastest time on his Formula One debut during post-race testing for Ferrari in Bahrain.

The 20-year-old German, whose father Michael won five of his seven world titles with the Italian team, completed a total of 56 laps as unexpected heavy rain caused delays to the afternoon session.

Once the weather had dried, with around an hour-and-a-half left of the scheduled track time, Schumacher recorded a circuit of one minute 29.976 seconds, which saw him take over at the top of the timesheet from Romain Grosjean.

However, Max Verstappen, who finished fourth in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, lowered the mark to 1min 29.379seconds during the closing stages, running on C5 tyres.

Schumacher, hoping to one day follow his father into F1, is set to drive for Alfa Romeo during today's test session.

Lewis Hamilton, who took the chequered flag on Sunday, finished sixth in testing for Mercedes over 71 laps.

McLaren rookie Lando Norris set the third fastest test time, completing 22 laps.

Former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, also took part in yesterday's sessions, the second McLaren car being used for a Pirelli tyre test.

The Spaniard, who is set to race for McLaren as he looks to land the Indianapolis 500 title in May, hopes it will not be long before Schumacher gets his shot at a Grand Prix drive.

"It's always better to go as early as you can," said Alonso. "You never know when the train will come in Formula 1 when you are young.

"He's in F2 this year, that's the full concentration I guess for him to do a good Championship.

"If he does well and an F1 team relies on your talent, you have to take that train."

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