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Michael Schumacher's son to test Formula 1 car for Ferrari in Bahrain

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Mick Schumacher, son of Michael, will make his Formula 1 test debut in April for Ferrari.

The 20-year-old, who makes his Formula 2 series debut this weekend in Bahrain, will drive for Ferrari on April 2, and then the affiliated Alfa Romeo on April 3.

He has impressed early on in his motorsport career, winning the 2018 European Formula 3 champion as well as making a quick step-up to the Formula 2 series this season.

Ferrari did not immediately confirm that Schumacher will be testing a Formula 1 car, but BBC Sport have verified the information independently.

It was only this winter the German signed up to the Ferrari driver academy, and he has now been rewarded with the chance to test a Formula 1 car.

With him idolising his father, Schumacher will be delighted to be able to make his Formula 1 test debut with the constructors his father enjoyed a memorable relationship with.

Mick said: "I am obviously more than excited and would like to thank Ferrari for giving me this opportunity.

"I am really looking forward to what I'm sure will be a great experience.

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"But for the moment, I am consciously putting all thoughts of the test to one side, because I am also very much looking forward to competing in my first F2 race and would like to focus 100% on the weekend to come."

Initially, however, the 20-year-old did not want the attention that came with his last name, and started his motorsport career in 2008 using his mother's maiden name and went by 'Mick Betsch'.

His father and seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael, won five of his seven world titles with Ferrari.

The 50-year-old joined Ferrari in 1996, and went on to win five consecutive world titles from 2000 to 2004, a record which has not been equalled or eclipsed by anyone since.

In addition to this, he won a record-breaking 91 Formula 1 races, with 72 of those being with Ferrari.

He first retired in 2006, but returned in 2010, this time with Mercedes, before making a final goodbye in 2012 aged 43.

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However, since a devastating skiing accident in December 2013, Schumacher has not made a public appearance due to the severity of his injuries.

The German was said to have suffered brain injuries from the accident, but his condition is unknown with his close family desperate to keep it private from the public.

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