Mick Schumacher, Formula 2 racing driver and son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, will be driving his father’s F2004 Formula 1 car during a tribute at the German Hockenhein later this month.
Taking to the wheel of Michael’s Benetton during the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix, he’s not going to be getting behind the controls of the 2004 title winning motor car – the same motor car that scored Michael 13 wins and 15 podiums out of 18 races, giving him his seventh and last championship win.
Mick will be getting it on track during the Saturday of the German Grand Prix before qualifying.
“I think it’s mega driving this car in Hockenheim,” said Schumacher. “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.” At the same time, Ross Brawn, Managing Director, Motorsport, at F1 added: “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.”
The German is currently racing with Prema this Formula 2 Season, and is holding steady at 22 points at 13th in his rookie season. It’s been a tough season so far for the driver and his team, but this opportunity will certainly be a welcomes experience and maybe a sign of things to come.