MICK SCHUMACHER emulated his dad Michael as he sat in the iconic red of Ferrari ahead of his first Formula One test drive in Bahrain.
The young driver stepped into the famous cockpit just over 12 years after his father last exited one and finished second-fastest in the Middle East.
Ferrari are now hoping the 20-year-old can recreate the magic his dad brought to the sport, winning the Italians five World Championships.
The F1 giants are now lining up two days of testing for the German youngster – one with Ferrari and the other with affiliated team Alfa Romeo.
While most budding racers would have the luxury of going through the process behind the scenes, by virtue of his famous father, Mick will have to do it all in front of the world’s media.
When asked if he minded being in the spotlight, Mick replied: “It is a difficult question.
“It is part of me. I am the son of my dad and I am happy that I am. What he has done is the best ever in F1.
‘HAPPY HE’S MY DAD’
“It is something I look up to and I am happy to have him as my dad.”
Schumacher Snr quit racing in 2006, before making a comeback with Mercedes between 2010 and 2012 – and suffered an horrendous skiing accident in 2013, leaving him with severe brain injuries.
Michael has not been seen in public since, with the Schumacher family keeping things very private.
The German legend also won two titles for Benetton, with Mick paying a sweet tribute to his dad, claiming: “I wouldn’t be the person I am now if it wasn’t for him.”
Mick has endured a whirlwind year or so – first clinching the European F3 title, before signing a deal to make the huge leap to F2.
So far he’s done really well.
Sebastian Vettel on Mick Schumacher
Soon after, the young racer was invited to be a part of Ferrari’s academy – and now with it, the opportunity to test drive for the giants of the motor racing world.
And current Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel has no doubts in his mind as to whether Mick – watched in Bahrain by mum Corinna – will be a superstar driver.
The former Red Bull champion claimed: “The name brings some expectations but to end up in F1 you need to prove you have the speed. So far he has done really well.
“The way he has developed in the last years deserves where he is now and we should give him the time and peace to do his job. It is not easy for him. On the other hand, he’s used to it.”
Meanwhile, F1 managing director Ross Brawn added: “He is a very nice young man and staying like that with the pressures and challenges that come will be one of the things that will be challenging for him. But I’m sure he will.
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“He’s got a very balanced family and they’ve all known the experience from Michael so they’ll know how to handle it if Mick is successful.
“It’s very exciting. So many times I see Mick and I see Michael in him very strongly. It would be wonderful.
“But there is tremendous pressure on the lad, so I hope people can keep that in perspective and not put unrealistic expectations on him.”