Mick Schumacher talks to Alfa Romeo Racing F1 mechanics at the in-season test. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
Mick Schumacher talks to Alfa Romeo Racing F1 mechanics at the in-season test. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Vettel gives Schumacher a reality check

Mick Schumacher admits he's still not sure he will chase a seat in Formula One next year despite his impressive Ferrari test.

Schumacher, 20, recorded the second fastest time on the first day of the in-season testing in Bahrain as he took his seat in a Ferrari for the first time.

But after Sebastian Vettel powered the same car to a quicker time on day two, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher said he may wait longer than 2020 to step up to the top level.

"Obviously it's my first year in F2, we'll see how it goes," he said.

"I want to arrive into F1 being a complete racing driver, being as prepared as possible. I think time will tell if that's next year, if that's the years to follow, really. So, I'm taking it one step at a time."

Schumacher took the Ferrari around the Bahrain course in 1:29.976 but saw Vettel top that time with a 1:29.319 on day two.

Schumacher switched into the seat of the Alfa Romeo which he found harder to drive, but the signs are there he can thrive in F1.

"The (braking) limit is further and further into the corner," he said. "I was feeling like I could even brake at the 50m board at Turn One, but obviously that's not possible.

"I was trying every run to go later and later, and it always went later. That's why I say there's a margin."

"F1 is so complex, there's so many ways to see and learn about the car," he added.

"To speak with Ferrari and try to take the information for myself really did help. I learned so much that I can use in F2 as well, I'll use every single bit of it."

Williams driver George Russell got the chance to drive a Mercedes, and promptly finished the Bahrain test on top of the timesheets.

Russell set the pace with a 1:29.029, the quickest time of the two-day in-season test and one that was almost three seconds faster than his best effort in qualifying in an ailing Williams at the Bahrain GP.

The British rookie also went past the 100-lap mark in the W10.

Sergio Perez was only six hundredths of a second slower for Racing Point, who also struggled in last weekend's race.

Sebastian Vettel, replacing Schumacher in the Ferrari, was third and also racked up over a century of laps as the Scuderia enjoyed a reliable test after Charles Leclerc's engine issues in Sunday's race.

Carlos Sainz only completed 21 laps in the McLaren but finished fourth, while Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was fifth.

Alex Albon, the London-born Thai and Kvyat's teammate, was just behind Schumacher in seventh and topped the mileage count with 135 laps on the board.

Fernando Alonso was back in action, too, with the two-time world champion once again completing a Pirelli tyre test for McLaren. He finished 11th, splitting the two Haas drivers - Romain Grosjean and Pietro Fittipaldi.

- with Sky Sports

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