George Russell, Mercedes lead day two of F1 Bahrain test

Schumacher in no rush for F1 grid

George Russell, Mercedes lead day two of F1 Bahrain test

By the end of his first day in an F1 auto, he had run up a total of 56 laps, which is roughly equivalent to a full race.

Mick Schumacher said it felt "like home" in the Ferrari garage after he impressed in his Formula One testing debut on Tuesday.

Mick is now competing in the F2 Championship - the feeder series to F1, where he finished 8th and 6th in his debut races.

Because in F1 testing, we don't know how light each vehicle is on fuel, or what engine modes it's running, we can't directly compare Mick Schumacher to the rest of the F1 field, but there's no doubt that jumping into a unusual and advanced racing auto and pumping in a time only 2.11sec slower than Charles Leclerc's pole position effort is nothing short of impressive.

On Wednesday, he was provided with some time behind the wheel of Alfa Romeo's F1 vehicle during a second test session at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The second part of the day saw Fernando Alonso take over from Carlos Sainz in McLaren's Pirelli vehicle, but the Spaniard was kept busy as he relayed Lando Norris in the team's regular MCL34. I was feeling like I could even brake at the 50-meter board at turn 1, but obviously that's not possible.

"The way he has developed in the last years, he deserves where he is now". His lap time in the Mercedes, which has won both grands prix this year, was 2.7s faster than his qualifying time in the Williams during the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards, Schumacher said the Ferrari garage "felt like home".

He last raced for the team in 2006 before a comeback with Mercedes from 2010-12 and has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013. Lando Norris, a superb sixth in the race, was third fastest for McLaren. Alonso was drafted in by McLaren to give feedback on this year's vehicle as well as work with tyre supplier Pirelli on next year's development tyres.

Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Jack Aitken (Renault), Pietro Fittipaldi (Haas) were other junior drivers in action, alongside Mick Schumacher who returned to the track with Alfa Romeo, having driven the Ferrari SF90 the previous day. He has been clear he wants to help the team develop the vehicle and has not ruled out a return to F1. Although the mileage was solid for an afternoon in the vehicle, his best lap was unspectacular with the 11th fastest time.

Mick Schumacher, who made his Formula Two debut at the Sakhir circuit over the weekend and finished eighth and sixth in the two races, had been top with five minutes remaining before Verstappen went faster. "I think the vehicle has more grip, the auto is less draggy on the straights".

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