Abu Dhabi (AP) – Mick Schumacher started his Formula 1 career with an 18th place finish in first practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old drove the car of the American racing team Haas in 1: 41.235 minutes around the track in the United Arab Emirates and was 3,857 seconds behind the fastest Max Verstappen in the Red Bull. Schumacher drove a total of 23 laps without incident, ahead of teammates Pietro Fittipaldi.
At the premiere, Formula 2 champion Schumacher drove the car of current regular driver Kevin Magnussen, he had to collect the first data and test the tires on the track around the marina. From next year, the son of Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will be a regular driver at Haas. The Dane Magnussen is on the program for the rest of the weekend from the second training session.
World champion Lewis Hamilton returned after more than a week of quarantine as a result of a positive coronavirus test and finished fifth for the Grand Prix on Sunday (2.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky). The British had braking problems on his Mercedes. For his last appearance for Ferrari, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel landed in 14th place. Second behind Verstappen was Valtteri Bottas in the second Silver Arrow ahead of Esteban Ocon in a Renault.