Austrian Grand Prix – Mick Schumacher will drive his father’s title winning Ferrari at the German Grand Prix in July, in two demo runs on the Saturday and Sunday.
Schumacher, the son of seven time World Champion Michael, will drive his father’s title winning F2004 at Hockenheim on Saturday ahead of qualifying and on Sunday before the Driver’s Parade pre-race.
The announcement was made on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, as Schumacher crossed the line to finish P4 for Prema in the sprint race after a stellar drive from P18 on the grid.
The F2004 was one of the most dominant cars ever in Formula 1, with Michael Schumacher clinching his seventh and final World Championship in the car by that year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. He won the 2004 German Grand Prix in the car.
“I think it’s mega driving this car in Hockenheim.” said Mick of the announcement. “The last time I was on this track was when I celebrated my Formula 3 championship title, and now I’ll be able to drive one of the strongest cars in Formula 1 history there – a big grin creeps into my face. All motorsport crazy people can look forward to a very special and wonderfully loud moment.”
The F2004’s design was led by Ross Brawn, who is now the Managing Director of Formula 1. Playing a vital role in the organisation of the showcase run for Mick in front of the German fans at a venue where his father was worshipped during his years of racing, Brawn said it’s going to a special occasion to see the F2004 roar again: “It will be an emotional moment seeing Mick at the wheel of a car linked to so many great memories. The F2004 was a fantastic car, which took 15 wins and both championship titles in a season that can be seen as the culmination of a golden period, which was the result of all the hard work from an amazing group of people and Michael Schumacher, a supremely talented driver. I’m sure that all the fans at Hockenheim will be pleased to see it roaring around the track again, especially with Mick in the cockpit. One of the requests we get most often from fans is to see the cars that wrote F1 history back on track, so this demonstration run at Hockenheim will be truly unmissable.”