Mick Schumacher admits he will have a “big grin” on his face when he drives in one of his dad Michael’s former Ferraris as part of an exhibition at the German Grand Prix next month.
The F2004 was the Ferrari in which the elder Schumacher won the last of his seven Formula 1 titles 15 years ago.
His son will be at the wheel at Hockenheim on July 27 prior to qualifying, then also the next day ahead of the drivers’ parade.
The 20-year-old is currently racing in Formula 2 for PREMA Racing and the Ferrari driver academy, with Hockenheim not on the F2 calendar.
“I think it’s mega driving this car in Hockenheim,” the German told F1’s website. “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.”
Ross Brawn, Ferrari’s former technical director who forged a dominant partnership with Michael Schumacher, said it would be an “emotional moment.”
An ’emotional moment’
“It will be an emotional moment seeing Mick at the wheel of a car linked to so many great memories,” said Brawn, now F1’s managing director of motorsport. “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.”
Michael Schumacher continues to rehabilitate at home after suffering a serious head injury while skiing in France in December 2013. He underwent two operations and was put into a medically induced coma.
Six months later his manager said Schumacher was no longer in a coma, but few details about his condition have been made public.